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International Summer Course on the Rights of the Child 2017
6th Session: Children, minorities and identity:
Understanding articles 8 and 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Since 2012, The International Summer Course on the Rights of the Child has been held yearly, with a focus on a different article of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Course is intended for anyone who has an interest in the rights of children, and for professionals of all disciplines who work with children. It is a great opportunity to strengthen national capacities to advocate for children’s rights through institutional stakeholders such as Child and Youth Advocates, Children’s Commissioners, Ombudsman, bar associations and professional bodies in health, education, child protection and other fields. Thanks to a multidisciplinary format, this course facilitates networking during a variety of events, from workshops to cultural events.
For its sixth session the Summer Course sponsors are pulling out all the stops and pulling together an unprecedented program to celebrate the rights of indigenous and minority children and Canada’s sesquicentenary. In light of 150 years of Confederation, the International Summer Course on the Rights of the Child 2017 will address the child’s right to preserve his or her identity, as proclaimed under Article 8 of the Convention along with the right of children from ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities or indigenous groups to enjoy their own culture, practice their faith and speak their own language, as proclaimed in article 30 of the UNCRC.
Articles 8 and 30 of the UNCRC will therefore form the basis of the 2017 summer session. The course will explore how children and young people forge their identities, not only cultural linguistic and ethnic, but also gender identity and other minority group identities. Participants will have the chance to examine the minority contexts with particular focus upon Official language minority rights, indigenous minority rights, immigrant and newcomer child rights, gender minority rights and other equality challenges in a national perspective, but also in a global perspective looking at challenges, opportunities and best practices worldwide.