for an interactive discussion on children's rights and multiculturalism
The Society for Children and Youth of BC's Annual General Meeting
May 17th, 2012 from 2pm – 4pm
Peggy Gunn Woodland Halls (in the brand new Visitor's Centre)
Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver
Admission is FREE, with a suggested donation of $10. Don't forget to RSVP as seating is limited.
Join us as we explore emerging issues in children's rights, showcase what we have accomplished in the past year, and share our successes with the many organizations and individuals who have contributed to SCY.
Tea and light refreshments will be served.
Through interactive discussion, we will explore diversity and multi-culturalism in Canada and our commitments with the UN Convention of Rights of the Child. Does our cultural diversity in Canada conflict in any way with our adherence with the UN Convention of Rights of the Child? Who should ultimately oversee the “best interests of the child” the family or the government? Should religious or cultural tenets take precedent over the Rights of the Child? And to what extent should government’s role be in “assisting families in fulfilling their essential role as nurturers of children”? Instead of a single answer can there be a multitude of answers to the question, what is in the best interest of the child?
Eric Wong has worked in the field of human rights and diversity for over 15 years. Eric was the Multicultural Education Consultant for the Vancouver School Board from 1985 – 1988. Since 1995 Eric has been delivering educational programs in human rights and diversity for a variety of organizations. He has worked for a wide variety of organizations, including Vancouver Police Department, Canadian Auto Workers' Union, Canada Department of Justice and BC Workers' Compensation Board (now Worksafe BC), and is currently on contract with the First Nations Education Steering Committee in BC as the Anti-Racism Coordinator.
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Society for Children and Youth of BC
SCY is a unique provincial child rights organization with a mission to promote the full realization of children’s rights in BC through education, advocacy, community engagement, and capacity building. For over 40 years, the Society has focused on providing a strong voice representing children and youth and advocating for their well‐being. Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a foundation, SCY has a track record of creating and delivering programs that have motivated change in legislation, policy, and practice in BC and across Canada. www.scyofbc.org