Source: Submitted to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child by the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates 2011
Summary: The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates submitted this Special Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to highlight the critical circumstances facing Aboriginal children today.
The Council is a national alliance of child advocates legally appointed by the Canadian provinces and territories. The Council members’ mandates include promoting and protecting children’s human rights, including the rights of Aboriginal children.
The Committee has expressed their concerns and made specific recommendations about Aboriginal children, who remain among the most vulnerable children in Canada today. Canada has made some progress towards improving the lives of some children. It is their our contention, however, that the Committee’s past recommendations remain largely unaddressed to the fullest extent possible and that a high percentage of Aboriginal children fail to realize their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other human rights instruments.
The Committee, Canada and the Council agree that Aboriginal children face gross inequities and lack opportunities to realize fully their rights. By submitting this Special Report, the Committee has attempted to encourage Canada to develop and implement special measures that will assist Aboriginal children, and all children, with the fulfillment of their human rights under the CRC and other related human rights instruments.