2019 Your Story, Your Voice contest winners


Congratulations to our 2019 winners of the Your Story, Your Voice contest.

Grade 1A from Rachel Arngnammaktiq Elementary School in Baker Lake

Grade 9k 9c English/Social Studies from Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik in Rankin Inlet

Grade 10 Art from Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik in Gjoa Haven

The Representative for Children and Youth’s Office (RCYO) is excited to announce the fifth annual Your Story, Your Voice contest! This is an art contest and we encourage students to work together to create a poster, wall mural, or other form of creative submission based on:

 
Article 42 of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
You have the right to know your rights! Adults should know about your rights and help you learn about them, too.
 
All humans have rights. Child rights are things young people should have, like a safe place to live, or things young people should be able to do, like go to school, so they and their family have what they need to make good choices for their life. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child details the rights of young people, and the responsibilities of government and adults to support these rights.

Some examples of child rights include:
• Article 12 All young people have the right to give their opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously.
• Article 24 All young people have the right to the best health care possible.
• Article 27 All young people have the right to food, clothing, and a safe place to live.
• Article 30 All young people have the right to practice their own culture, language, and religion.
• Article 34 All young people have the right to be free from sexual and physical abuse.
• Article 42 All young people have the right to know about their rights.
 
As rights holders, young people also have responsibilities. Article 28 and 29, which promotes a child’s right to education, also places several responsibilities on the young person and their family including ensuring the young person attends school and does their homework.
 
The RCYO is an independent advocacy office that works to ensure the Government of Nunavut (GN) supports the rights and best interests of young Nunavummiut. If you have questions about our 2019 Your Story, Your Voice contest; child rights; the work of our office; or concern for a young person and the support they are receiving from a GN department, we encourage you to contact our office by:
• phone at 1-855-449-8118 (toll free) or 867-975-5090 (in Iqaluit)
• email at contact@rcynu.ca, or
• text at 1-855-449-8118.