October 11, 2018
FREDERICTON (GNB) — The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, in collaboration with the youth group East Coast Shaking the Movers, issued a report at the legislative assembly on Oct. 10 entitled Defending Child Rights for Refugees and Newcomers.
The report was issued during an information session with staff from the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, young participants, and elected officials.
The young participants provided 33 recommendations on the rights of the child while taking into consideration the context of immigration, the refugee process and the school environment. They also reported cases of discrimination towards newcomers and identified recommendations to break down stereotypes and foster respectful communities where rights are respected and are individuals are free from racial discrimination. The report includes only recommendations from the young participants and reflects their discussions during a weekend event.
Shaking the Movers events are forums on child rights, they are for youth by youth. In 2016, the New Brunswick Child and Youth Advocates Office and the Multicultural Association of Fredericton hosted the first Shaking the Mover event in eastern Canada. It's success has resulted in a second and third event. This year’s theme isRight to education focusing on how children’s rights are respected at school, most specifically in middle and high schools.
This event is free for participants.
How can you participate? See the Participation & Consent Form