The IPA Canada Declaration on the Right to Play for Children in Canada
IPA Canada has been promoting children’s right to self-directed, free play for decades. The child’s right to play is explicitly recognized in Article 31 of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. By signing on to the UN Convention, Canada agreed to make children’s right to play a priority. However, more than 30 years later many young people in Canada are still not getting the time, space or freedom to play – in their own way, every day.
Today, IPA Canada is launching our new Declaration on the Right to Play for Children in Canada. The statements in this Declaration are intended to promote greater understanding of what the right to play means and looks like in the lives of children and youth in Canada.
IPA Canada calls on individuals and organizations across Canada to use this Declaration to advance and promote the child’s right to play at local, regional and national levels. This declaration can also serve as a starting point to spark discussion about play rights and provision for children’s free play in your organization or region.
Please help to promote the right to play for young people in Canada by downloading and sharing this Declaration.
Continue watching the IPA Canada website in the coming months for additional resources and guidelines that you can use to ‘help play happen’ …