The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) also plays an important role in guiding our office’s work. 

The Convention contains many articles that set out the rights of the child. They also identify the roles and responsibilities of families and governments in supporting these rights. Canada signed the Convention in 1991. 

Some of the many child rights in the Convention include:

  • the right to a name and nationality
      • the right to healthy food and a safe environment
      • the right, as far as possible, to be cared for by parents
      • the right to education
      • the right to participate in family, cultural and social life
      • the right to protection from violence

      It’s important to know that all these articles are interconnected. They can’t be divided from each other. No one article stands alone. No one article is more important than another. In practical terms, all articles should be considered when making decisions that affect children and youth. 

      Our staff use the Convention as a constant resource. It guides our child and youth advocacy specialists in their work with young people. It is a frequent reference during our reviews of government department policies and programs. We also work to ensure all Nunavummiut understand the Convention and the role rights can play in strengthening individuals, families and communities.