National Child Day

Links and Resources for Parents and Caregivers

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that parents are the primary caregivers of children.

As a parent or caregiver, you are responsible for teaching your child about his or her rights.  The resources below will give you the understanding you need to inform your child about his or her rights.

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Government of Canada Resources

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada – Aboriginal arts, culture & heritage
Through learning resources, events and the Indian and Inuit Art Centre Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) works with Aboriginal partners to help celebrate, raise awareness of, and preserve Aboriginal arts, culture and heritage.

Canadian Heritage and Human Rights
The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada's civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians. The mission of the Human Rights Program is to promote the awareness, understanding, respect for and enjoyment of human rights in Canada. To accomplish this, the program undertakes educational and promotional activities and coordinates discussions with provincial and territorial governments on the ratification and the domestic implementation of international human rights instruments and the preparation of Canada's reports to the United Nations.

Department of Justice – Reports and Publications
The Department develops and implements policy and program initiatives affecting Canadian families, children and young people.

Employment and Social Development Canada - Child and Family
ESDC is supporting child development and the well-being of families in Canada through a range of policy and program initiatives

National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre The mandate of the NCECC is to reduce the vulnerability of children to Internet-facilitated sexual exploitation by identifying victimized children; investigating and assisting in the prosecution of sexual offenders; and, strengthening the capacity of municipal, territorial, provincial, federal, and international police agencies through training and investigative support.

Stop Family Violence
Stop Family Violence is Canada's resource centre for information on violence within relationships of kinship, intimacy, dependency or trust. Family violence resources and services are available free of charge.

Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime is a new, independent resource for victims in Canada. Victims can contact the Office to learn more about their rights under federal law and the services available to them, or to make a complaint about any federal agency or federal legislation dealing with victims of crime.

Public Health Agency of Canada - Children
PHAC's primary goal is to strengthen Canada's capacity to protect and improve the health of Canadians and to help reduce pressures on the health-care system. To do this, the Agency is working to build an effective public health system that enables Canadians to achieve better health and well-being in their daily lives by promoting good health, helping prevent and control chronic diseases and injury, and protecting Canadians from infectious diseases and other threats to their health.

Service Canada - Families and Children
Service Canada offers single-window access to a wide range of Government of Canada programs and services for citizens through more than 600 points of service located across the country, call centres, and the Internet.

Universal Child Care Plan
Canada's Universal Child Care Plan provides families with resources to help balance work and family as they see fit — regardless of where they live, whatever their circumstances or preferences.

Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program
NOBODY'S PERFECT is a facilitated, community-based parenting program for parents of children from birth to age five. The program is designed to meet the needs of parents who are young, single, socially or geographically isolated, or who have low income or limited formal education. The program is owned by the Public Health Agency of Canada and delivered across Canada through provincial and territorial organizations.

Non-Government Resources:

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children – Resource and Support Programs
This booklet gives answers to commonly asked questions about child rights, and explains why parents have an important role in helping their child understand their rights. The booklet also contains a quiz on child rights.

Child Rights Information Network
The aim of this factsheet is to clarify the meaning of child rights, and to give a better understanding about their implementation. – Tools and Materials
A comprehensive listing of videos and multimedia, assessment tools, information guides, workshop materials and reports and research related to child rights. 

Plan Canada – Because I Am a Girl
Because I am a Girl is a global initiative founded by Plan International to promote girls' rights and address gender inequality worldwide. Under Stories and Features, the website offers infographics, quizzes and other resources.

Raising Children With Roots, Rights & Responsibilities: Celebrating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (PDF Version)

Report released by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Resource Center and the Stanley Foundation to improve parents' understanding of child rights. Topics include equality, name and nationality, adequate standard of living, special protection, play and culture among others.

Society for Children and Youth of BC – Parent Engagement in Children's Rights at School
Parent and student engagement tools, including homework assignments and parent articles designed to encourage rights-based conversation in the home. The website also includes a range of other free downloadable resources, including child rights fortune teller activity, child rights posters focusing on the early and middle years, and a simplified version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Centres of Excellence for Children's Well-Being
The Students Commission
The Students Commission, which leads the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement works with youth, youth service providers, researchers and governments to encourage youth participation in meaningful activities.

UNICEF – Rights and Responsibilities (PDF Version)
This pamphlet provides a summary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in easy to understand language.

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