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Convention on the Rights of the Child: Are we meeting our obligations? | John-Paul Boyd

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 @ 9:28 AM | By John-Paul Boyd

Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a landmark treaty obliging states parties to affirm and observe the fundamental human rights possessed by all children, on Dec. 13, 1991. Among the convention’s 45 substantive clauses is article 12, which requires that children “be provided the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting the child.”

Admonitions to a similar effect are found in the domestic relations legislation of most provinces and territories in the context of determining children’s...