What Guides Us

There are a few things that direct what we do and how we do it. We like to say these things are what guide us.

The Representative for Children and Youth Act

Nunavut’s Representative for Children and Youth Act is the law that created our office. It was passed in 2013. This law explains what we can do and what we can’t do. It says what our responsibilities are and what the Government of Nunavut must do to support our work.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) identifies rights that children around the world have. It also states what governments and families must do to support child rights. Canada signed the Convention in 1991. Here is a child-friendly version of the Convention.

Inuit Societal Values

Inuit societal values can guide Nunavummiut in how to live in harmony with each other and the environment. Our office respects these values. We apply eight guiding principles to our own work. These principles were first adopted by the Government of Nunavut. 

Your Voice!

We are also guided by “the voice of the child.” This means we recognize young people can contribute to decisions being made about them and that government must consider young people’s opinions on issues that affect them. At our office, it means young people guide our work – whether they contact us for help with something personal, or with an issue affecting many young people. Our office also listens to the voice of young people through our youth advisor program.

CCCYA National Advocacy Standards

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates’ (CCCYA) national advocacy standards also guide our office. These standards ensure a consistent quality of advocacy work. The CCCYA is made up of advocates from provinces and territories across Canada. These advocates work together on common issues. Our office joined the CCCYA in 2014.