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New Policy Will Help Open School Doors

The big picture is bleak for Syrian refugee children, but the Jordanian government recently took a step to ensure these children’s right to an education. Jordanian regulations require Syrian children to have a “service card,” issued by the…
Syrian children attend class in a school in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, October 20, 2015. The school taught Syrian girls in the morning and boys in the afternoon, but lacked electricity, heating, and running water.

Country’s Immigration Detention System Detains Entire Families Unnecessarily

Daevon was just four months old when he entered Toronto’s Immigration Holding Centre in October 2014. He spent six months there. Born in Canada, he’s a Canadian citizen but was there because authorities had rejected his mother’s refugee claim and were…
Canadian children whose parents are in immigration detention can either accompany their parents in detention as de facto detainees, without the legal safeguards protecting children who are in formal detention, or be separated from their detained parents.

Becomes 59th Signatory to Safe Schools Declaration

Canada has long been at the forefront of advocating for respect for humanity in war, and by signing the Safe Schools Declaration yesterday, took an important step toward making the lives of children in conflict safer.  It became the 59th country to sign…
Lieutenant-General Roméo Antonius Dallaire (L) and Canada's International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau following the announcement that Canada would sign the Safe Schools Declaration, February 21, 2017.

Kids Suffer Long-Term Harm From Immigration Detention

Four-year-old Delano was held for more than six months in the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre alongside his mother in 2015. During his time in detention, he became “angry about everything,” his mother said. He did not sleep well, cried during the night…
Dominated by symbols of violence, security, and barricades, this sand tray was created by a 12-year-old boy who had been held in a Canadian immigration detention facility for seven months with his mother and older sister. He appeared to have developed mul

Inquiry Should Examine Police Misconduct, Accountability Gaps

Yesterday the Canadian government unveiled highly anticipated plans for a national public inquiry into the murders and disappearances of indigenous women and girls across Canada. Over two years and with a budget of $53.86-million (US $41.13-million), five…
Canada's Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett (L), Status of Women Minister Patricia Hajdu (2nd L) and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould look on as Algonquin leader Claudette Commanda (R) says a prayer at the start of a news conference