November 20, 2011
November 20th is National Child Day, when Canadians celebrate the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. National Child Day reminds us annually of the importance of raising awareness -- in our families, in our communities, and nationally and internationally -- of the basic human rights to which all children are entitled.
It is also an opportunity to recognize the vital role of parents and family members in the lives of children, and the key importance of community supports to strengthen families. The Convention is based upon the belief that "the family, as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community."
"Parents and family-serving professionals in our province know that family support is absolutely critical to ensuring the well-being of children." said Marilee Peters, Acting Executive Director of the BC Council for Families. "Taking this opportunity to educate ourselves and our families about the rights of children and families is a important step in making a real difference in the lives of all kids in BC."
On the occasion of National Child Day, the BC Council for Families thanks their members and partners for their ongoing work and commitment to supporting children, parents and families across BC.
Resources and information about National Child Day are available online from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The National Child Day information kit includes a guide to planning activities and promoting children’s rights throughout the year.
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