Our History

In 1990, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) came into effect. The most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world, it establishes a comprehensive set of rights for all children. The challenge is how to transform this document into a living reality for children through innovative research and capacity development that links Child rights policy and practice.

In 1994, a transformational conference was held in Victoria, British Columbia: Stronger Children Stronger Families. This was one of the first formal conferences in which young people were given a space to voice their views about their rights and breathe life into the CRC. It also highlighted the need for innovative approaches to implement the CRC, and provided the impetus for creating a centre focused on meaningful implementation of child rights based at the University of Victoria.

The Unit for Research and Education on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was founded under the direction of Dr. Philip Cook, an assistant professor within the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. The Unit focused innovative research and education to translate the spirit of the CRC into reality for children and communities in Canada and around the world. A central focus of this early work involved linking children’s rights principles to local cultural values, beliefs and practices. Partnerships with Indigenous peoples on Canada’s west coast and in Latin America were central to the Units’ evolving niche in grounding children’s human rights in age old tradition and practices supporting children. This learning was highlighted in the 1996 “Caring for Indigenous Children” Conference and lead to the creation of IICRD’s logo.

Dr. Cook relocated the Unit to the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria in 2000 in order to focus exclusively on its work. At this time, the Unit was renamed the Institute for Child Rights and Development (ICRD).

In July, 2002 the International Institute for Child Rights and Development/Institut international pour les droits des enfants et le développement (IICRD) was incorporated as a federal non-share capital corporation and was granted charitable status in 2006.

Currently, IICRD is an independent non-profit charitable organization located in downtown Victoria, BC, Canada, and is affiliated with Royal Roads University in co-hosting post secondary courses on child protection in development.

The Institute continues to work to change the world through children. IICRD currently has initiatives to address some of the greatest global challenges in most regions of the world where they lead with children to devise locally driven and globally guided solutions that help protect and support children and families.

 

Our History

1990: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) came into effect.

1994: Stronger Children, Stronger Families: conference held in Victoria, British Columbia, and was the impetus for creating a centre focused on the meaningful implementation of child rights, based at the University of Victoria.

1994: The Unit for Research and Education on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was founded under the direction of Dr. Philip Cook, an assistant professor within the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.

1996: Partnerships with Indigenous people on Canada’s west coast and in Latin America were central to the Units’ evolving niche in grounding child rights in cultural practices supporting children. This learning was highlighted in the “Caring for Indigenous Children” Conference and led to the creation of IICRD’s logo.

2000: Dr. Cook relocated the Unit to the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria in order to focus exclusively on its work. At this time, the Unit was renamed the Institute for Child Rights and Development (ICRD).

2002: The International Institute for Child Rights and Development/Institut international pour les droits des enfants et le développement (IICRD) was incorporated as a federal non-share capital corporation

2006: IICRD was granted charitable status from Revenue Canada

Currently, IICRD is an independent non-profit charitable organization located in downtown Victoria, BC, Canada, and is affiliated with Royal Roads University in co-hosting post secondary courses on child protection in development (CPID).

Imagine a world where we build on the core strengths of children, their families, and communities, to create dignity, belonging, and justice for all.

 

Contact Info

International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)

mailing address: 309 - 1694 Cedar Hill Cross Rd, Victoria, BC, V8P 2P7
office address for meetings (please confirm in advance): 5th floor - 1112 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 3K9
+1 (250) 891-2424
  info@iicrd.org
  www.iicrd.org

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