Consultation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons
The Convention is of great
importance to us.
Help CWDO to weigh in on this
We will gather on-line, in
our virtual conference room, to shape CWDO's response to the
Federal Government's questionnaire on the UN Convention.
Ann Martindale, a CWDO Board Member, will lead the
CWDO members are welcome to participate.
Sunday, July 26 at 7 pm EDT.
Click here to go the
Online Conference area. After you download the
application, sign in to Room
The Convention is important for all Canadians
because it marks a "paradigm shift" in attitudes and
approaches to persons with disabilities. The Convention
emphasizes that all persons with all types of disabilities
must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It
clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to
persons with disabilities. It also identifies areas where
adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to
effectively exercise their rights, areas where their rights
have been violated, and where protection of rights must be
Canada signed the Convention in March
2007, meaning that Canada is currently required to respect the
general object and purpose of the treaty. The Government of
Canada is seeking the views of Canadians, and particularly of
the disability community, in order to inform the decision on
ratification. These views would also play an important role in
informing any decisions that may be taken at the federal level
to further implement the Convention.
also encouraged to submit a questionnaire as an individual,
and to ask your networks to do the same. You can respond
directly to the Federal government through their fully
accessible Web site at www.hrsdc.gc.ca/consultations
There you will also find
information on how to send your response by email, regular
mail, fax or phone.
NOTE: All contributions must
be received by the Office for Disability Issues by July 31,
2009, midnight, Eastern Daylight
Time.Click here for more
Click here to go
directly to the consultation web site.
respond and help make Disability