In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In 2007, Success By 6 Peel brought together community representatives, school boards and daycares to create its own Peel Children’s Charter of Rights.
Children throughout Peel Region were asked to voice their opinions on what they thought were the basic rights of a child. More than 4,000 children from across Peel Region made their mark on the first phase of creating the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights by completing the sentence: Every child has the right to…, and, Every child needs…
After several consultations with children, parents, and community service providers, the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights was launched at a community event by our first Charter Ambassador, former Ontario Premier, the Honourable William Davis.
On May 24, 2007, the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights was presented to Peel Regional Council for its endorsement and support. Council unanimously accepted and implemented the recommendations approved at the meeting.
The Charter Champions program was launched to engage service organizations and businesses to support and implement the Charter into their work. November 20, 2007 became the first official National Child day in Peel Region.
In 2010, 10-year-old Naomi Ishmael became the first child ambassador for the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights. Naomi creates awareness about the Charter and collaboarted with the Reel Stages Choir to write and produce the song “We’ve Got Rights.”