As a child under the age of 18, you have the right:
Knowing your rights is powerful and can help you to create the changes you want to see! As a young person under the age of 18 you have special rights, and these rights are protected by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention has been agreed to by almost every country in the world. The Convention says that governments are in charge of making sure that children have rights and that those rights are respected.
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In the Convention, there is a full list of rights for all children under the age of 18. The Convention says that these rights should be met for you to grow up to reach your full potential and to give you the best start in life. This means that all children and young people under the age of 18 are to be treated with dignity and respect, protected from harm, given a voice in issues of concern to them and provided with basic needs such as food and shelter.
Canada agreed to the Convention in 1991 and has been working ever since to ensure that all children and young people know about and live their rights.
The United Nations adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on November 20, 1989.
Canada adopted the UNCRC in 1991, making a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect.
Since 1993, Canada has celebrated National Child Day in order to commemorate and raise awareness of the UNCRC. National Child Day provides an annual opportunity to celebrate children as active citizens in their own lives and communities, who can meaningfully contribute to decision-making.
Right to Health: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Article # 24. All young people have the right to be healthy and protected from harm.
In Canada we've made a conscious effort to protect children from tobacco consumption and marketing.
In 1990 15.5% of grade 10 students reported smoking daily. In 2010 6.5% of grade 10 students reported smoking daily. That's a 58% drop for grade 10 students.
The National Child Day Facts - Infographic (PDF Document - 1 page, 2.31 MB)
The rights of children and youth in Canada are celebrated each year on November 20th. Take part by spreading the word to your friends, family and community.
By recognizing and asserting your rights, you can make a difference. Take the time to get to know your rights, and make your voice heard!
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