UNICEF Praises - Youth Advocate Bill

The United Nations children’s welfare agency, UNICEF, supposed it applauds the Government of Nunavut’s efforts to advance the well-being of kids Sept. 18.

That admire came after Nunavut’s Bill 40 received assent Sept. 17 by Commissioner Edna Elias to make a Representative for Children and Youth for the territory. The new law’s optimistic aspects cited by UNICEF include frequent references to recognizing and applying Inuit culture and Inuit societal morals.

The self-governing representative for children and youth will work to ensure that the rights and interests of children and youth are predictable and protected and that their views are heard and considered in the actions of the government.

UNICEF supposed the new act recognizes that Inuit societal values will inform a holistic understanding of the best interests of children and youth within healthy families and build on the strengths of Inuit families and communities.

UNICEF also noted this value would need the representative to, among other things; make sure that government considers the views and best interests of kids and youth in all government decisions regarding them.

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