Twitter photo

Twitter photo

CNC students celebrate National Child Day

Local students promoted rights of children on Nov. 20

Nicky Bartel

Observer Contributor

In 1993, then Governor General of Canada Ramon Hnatynshyn proclaimed Nov. 20 as National Child Day, to commemorate the 1989 Universal Declaration on the Rights of the Child. The declaration addresses the commitment to ensure all children are treated with dignity and respect and acknowledges children have rights. These rights include the right to play, the right to health care, the right to drinking water and the right to education.

Students from the College of New Caledonia’s Early Childhood Care and Learning Diploma Program were set up at Save-On Foods on Nov. 20 to promote National Child’s Day. Contributed photo

Students from the College of New Caledonia’s Early Childhood Care and Learning Diploma Program were set up at Save-On Foods on Nov. 20 to promote National Child’s Day. They offered free Play-Doh, which has many developmental and sensory benefits to children (not to mention it is fun, and promotes the child’s right to play). The students also handed out information regarding the United Nation Rights of the Child Declaration to encourage people to be the voice for children, to ensure they are offered the special attention they so deserve.

The Canadian Human Rights Act was recently amended to include gender identity or gender expression as a prohibited ground of discrimination, to ensure all Canadians are treated with dignity and respect. This protects gender-diverse people from being discriminated against and shows how Canada is working towards ensuring all Canadians are treated fairly. However, according to 2017 statistics published by UNICEF, Canada is ranked 25 of 41 countries when it comes to child wellbeing; falling short on the promises made when signing the Declaration of the Rights of the Child nearly 30 years ago.

This year, National Child Day fell at the same time as the provincial co-ordinator Adrienne Montani announced child poverty in the Cariboo remains higher than the provincial average of 20.3 per cent, with Quesnel even higher at 24.2 per cent. Canada is not doing much better than the Cariboo in ensuring a basic child right: the right to healthy food. While Canada shows advancement in other areas (such as those mentioned above), it is time to honour previous promises. Nov. 20 is a day to celebrate Children’s Rights and to remind our politicians that Canada made a commitment to children on paper, it is time to make do on our promises.

To encourage policy makers to end child poverty, email the premier and tell him you support First Call’s recommendations to eliminate child poverty in BC at http://still1in5.ca/email-the-premier/

To learn more about the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, go to www.unicef.ca.

READ MORE: Put down the phone, please, say children, experts

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cariboo Regional District director Barb Bachmeier wrote a letter to the editor asking for more action to fix area roads. (submitted photo)
LETTER: Cariboo Regional District director asks for provincial action on roads

Area B Director Barb Bachmeier’s letter to the editor as published in the May 5 Observer

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
RANCH MUSINGS: Drier weather good for calving season

We are currently in the midst of our calving season. This dry… Continue reading

Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes shared this photo of the binders and binders of letters and paperwork she’s received on area roads in the past few years. (Submitted photo)
Cariboo MLAs call on province to fix region’s roads

Minister Rob Fleming said more resources were on the way to the region

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. (Black Press Media image)
FOREST INK: A year to remember for lumber prices

Jim Hilton pens a column for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer every week

Council will discuss the Johnston Bridge repairs at their May 11 council meeting. The bridge’s lifespan could be extended by up to 20 years, at a cost of between $2 - $2.5 million. (Quesnel Observer File Photo)
Quesnel council to debate Johnston Bridge repairs May 11

City staff gave four options for repair, recommends comprehensive fix

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

RCMP are looking for information on an alleged shooting attempt near an elementary school in Smithers March 10. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
UPDATE: Man killed in brazen daylight shooting at Vancouver airport

Details about the police incident are still unknown

Pieces of nephrite jade are shown at a mine site in northwestern B.C. in July 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Tahltan Central Government MANDATORY CREDIT
Indigenous nation opposes jade mining in northwestern B.C.

B.C.’s Mines Act requires operators to prepare a plan to protect cultural heritage resources

The body of Brenda Ware, 35, was found along Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (RCMP handout)
RCMP ask for tips after woman’s body found in Kootenay National Park

Brenda Ware was found along Highway 93 in the park, 54 kilometres north of the town of Radium

People pass the red hearts on the COVID-19 Memorial Wall mourning those who have died, opposite the Houses of Parliament on the Embankment in London, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. On May 3, the British government announced that only one person had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kirsty Wigglesworth
For a view of a COVID-19 future, Canadians should look across the pond

Britain, like Canada, is one of the only countries in the world to delay second doses for several months

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point this season with Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, May 8, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton superstar McDavid hits 100-point mark as Oilers edge Canucks 4-3

NHL scoring leader needs just 53 games to reach century mark

Nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, carry some of her relics during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Teresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. In which city did she do much of her charitable work? (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
QUIZ: How much do you know about these motherhood issues?

In honour of Mother’s Day, take this 10-question quiz

Most Read