May 1, 2017
Yukon’s Child and Youth Advocate Office is supporting the Canadian Bar Association with the 27th Annual Law Day Charity Fun Run and Walk. This year’s theme is “celebrating the rights of the child.” The run will collect donations for Autism Yukon, a non-profit organization that supports families and service providers to better understand the unique experiences of each child living with Autism.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children have a right to participate in opportunities that supports their development; and equally, to receive education about their special needs.
The Child and Youth Advocate Office encourage Yukoners, including young people, to learn about child rights and get involved in advocacy. “Awareness of children’s rights is an important part of promoting these rights” states Annette King, Yukon’s Child and Youth Advocate, “Regardless of ability, children should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance, and facilitate the child’s active participation in the community”.
The Child and Youth Advocate Office is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly with the primary role of promoting the rights and interests of children and youth receiving or eligible to receive services provided by Yukon Government. The Yukon Child and Youth Advocate Office will have an information booth set up on site during the Law Day Run and Walk.
The Law Day Charity Fun Run & Walk is scheduled for May 5, 2017 at 12:00 noon behind the Tourism Information Centre in Whitehorse.