This post is part of a series on the rights of children to an education free from violence.
In Canada, it is still legal for adults to physically assault children under Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission published the Calls to Action in 2015. Call to Action #6 is the repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada
Senator Stan Kutcher is leading the repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code to align with the Rights of Children to a life free from corporal punishment.
Children must have a voice in this process. Children can write to the Senate to encourage Canada’s Senators to remove legalized assault on children from Canada’s Criminal Code.
As educators, we must ensure children know their rights and responsibilities. Here is an opportunity for children to be empowered and to advocate for an end to an archaic Canadian law that is not in the best interests of children.
Won’t you empower your students today?
Over 60 other countries in the world have already banned corporal punishment. Canada is not one of them.
Featured image by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash
Reconciliation Thunder: A conversation with Senator Stan Kutcher
Bill S-251 An Act to Repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada