Former CUPS One World student to help frame children’s charter


CUPS One World student children’s charter

Jhaidyn and her mother Brenda are pretty excited about next week’s trip to the nation’s capital – not only because it will be their first time to see that part of the country, but because Jhaidyn is about to put her mark on a piece of Canadian history. She will be one of 30 young people who has been invited to discuss and frame Canada’s first Children’s Charter, at a conference in Ottawa on November 21 and 22.

The hope for this charter is to raise awareness for children’s rights to drive public and political support that will promote the overall well-being of children in our country.

Jhaidyn was born into poverty and spent the first part of her life in shelters and foster care as her mother struggled with addiction. CUPS helped by providing basic needs like food and a safe place to call home, and offered other support that helped the family rise out of crisis and develop the resiliency that led to lasting stability. Today, Brenda works as an office administrator and Jhaidyn is doing well in school and dreaming about becoming a chiropractor or architect one day.

Jhaidyn’s work on the children’s charter is important to all Canadians. Many of us think this country is one of the best places in the world to be a young person, but in reality, it isn’t. According to UNICEF, Canada ranks 25th out of 41 affluent countries when it comes to children’s wellbeing. One in five children are living in poverty and those numbers haven’t changed in decades. Perhaps this new charter will give a stronger voice to these issues and drive the change needed to make Canada a better place for all children.

#ShineALight on the Numbers

● 1 in 10 Calgarians live in poverty

● 1 in 4 Canadians lives with diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes

● 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness or addiction problems each year

● 4 million people in Canada experience food insecurity

● 1 in 8 Canadian households struggle to put food on the table.

● An estimated 45% of the overall homeless population are individuals living with mental illness

● 28 – 34% of shelter users are Indigenous peoples

● 40% of Indigenous children in Canada live in poverty

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