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CELEBRATING CHILDREN IN SASKATCHEWAN

November 20 is National Child Day. This year, National Child Day marks the

10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

by the General Assembly of the United Nations. In recognition of these two

special events, people across Saskatchewan, Canada and the world are coming

together to celebrate the children in their lives.



The Children's Advocate Office and the Provincial Youth Delegation, with

assistance from the Regina YWCA are hosting a walk and celebration. Children,

agencies, government representatives and individuals have been invited to

participate in the event, which will take place in Regina on November 17th,

1999. We will come together to promote the rights and well-being of children

all over the world.



WALK AND CELEBRATION - NOVEMBER 17TH 1999

Start at 12:45 p.m. at YMCA, 1940 McIntyre Street, Regina

Walk will proceed up Albert Street to Legislative Building



For many organizations and individuals working to enhance the lives of

children, the 10th Anniversary of the Convention is very special. To these

agencies the Convention provides a framework for program development and

practical action to make life better for children. The Convention improves our

understanding of circumstances that deny children access to basic services and

supports our joint efforts to influence public policies to prioritize

children. This includes measures to ensure the realization of children's

rights to life, health care, education, nutrition, a basic standard of living

and protection from violence, abuse and exploitation.



The world's governments ratified the Convention more quickly and in greater

numbers than any other human rights accord in history. By 1997, 191 countries

– all but the USA and Somalia – had ratified the Convention. Canada ratified

the Convention in May 1990, with Saskatchewan endorsing the Convention in

December 1991.



"Now, in this 10th anniversary year, is the time to reflect on the obligation

that we, as a State Party to the Convention, undertook to show respect for the

views of the child," stated Dr. Parker-Loewen, Children's Advocate. "The

Convention on the Rights of the Child is a powerful tool for child

advancement. Through our promotion of children's rights, we demonstrate

respect for children and youth, and enable them as they learn about their

rights, to learn respect for the rights of others."





NATIONAL CHILD DAY – ACTIVITIES



12:45 p.m. WALK TO LEGISLATIVE BUILDING

Start at YWCA, 1940 McIntyre Street, Regina SK

Walk will proceed up Albert Street to Legislative Building



1:15 p.m. ARRIVE AT LEGISLATIVE BUILDING



1:30 p.m. PROGRAM – Rotunda – Premier's Gallery, Saskatchewan Legislative

Building



ENTERTAINMENT, Brenda Baker, Children's Entertainer



SPEECHES

Aaron Schroeder, Chair, Provincial Youth Delegation

Kathy Dammann, Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Council on Children

Hon. Jack Hillson, Representing the Leader of the Liberal Caucus

Ms. Arlene Julé, Representing the Leader of the Opposition

Hon. Roy Romanow, Premier, Province of Saskatchewan

Dr. Deborah Parker-Loewen, Children's Advocate



ENTERTAINMENT, Brenda Baker, Children's Entertainer





For more information, please contact:



Sharon Chapman

Communications and Public Education Coordinator

Children's Advocate Office

Saskatoon

Phone: (306) 933-6700

Fax: (306) 933-8406
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