Universal Children’s Day Message

20 NOVEMBER 2015

universal-children-s-day2.jpgFredericton - David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick issued the following statement in recognition of Universal Children's Day on Friday, November 20.

“The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child tasks governments with the responsibility to protect children from all forms of harm. I am pleased to see that the office of the Child and Youth Advocate has developed a strategy for us to do just that: Keeping Children and Youth Safe from Harm in New Brunswick

As one youth is quoted in the report:

For children and youth to reach their full potential they need to be able to grow in a safe environment. There needs to be openness and creativity. There needs to be communication and guidance. Children and youth need to have a sense of belonging and the ability to adapt to any given situation. Children and youth need to be resilient.

The Child and youth teams that government established in Charlotte County and on the Acadian Peninsula are keeping children and youth safe in these regions. It’s time to put them in schools all across New Brunswick.”

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Our Principles

>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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