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National Child Day celebrated by CASW.

The well-being of all children in Canada must be at the forefront of everyone's agenda, and a designated day in November is meant to bring attention to just that purpose.

According to a Canadian Association of Social Works(CASW) press release, National Child Day has reached its 20th year in Canada, marking the day that the House of Commons resolved to end child poverty in the country by the year 2000.

The goal was to ensure that children have a voice, are protected from harm, and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Unfortunately, the press release states, it is nine years after the timeline has passed and one in six children in Canada continue to live in circumstances of poverty, despite research that has progressively shown the negative impact of poverty on children and families.

"Canada must ensure that all our children receive a good education as an investment in their future well-being and that of our country," stated Darlene McDonald, President of CASW.

"Only through developing local capacity to solve problems and alleviate poverty will true progress be made in the struggle to help those in greatest need: children who live in poverty."

CASW represents more than 17,000 social workers and calls for accountability to commitments that alleviate poverty and that improve the lives of all children in Canada.

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Title Annotation:NATIONAL NEWS
Publication:Saskatechewan Sage
Date:Dec 1, 2009
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