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About the Centre

As a leader in the discussion on children’s rights, the Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights has facilitated initiatives and projects dedicated to the advancement and betterment of the lives of children. The Centre acts as a gateway for the engagement of people of all ages, who share the common commitment to addressing children’s rights in contexts of global change and increasing pressures on children’s lives that requires the immediate and full attention of scholars, advocates, activists, legal, policy and programming professionals, among others.

The Landon Pearson Resource Centre was created with a powerful vision: every child in Canada will grow up aware of his or her rights and responsibilities and enabled to exercise them within a receptive and respectful society.

At the heart of the Centre’s dream is its commitment to facilitating opportunities for youth to increase their civic and political participation, by giving them the tools to be advocates for social change and by disseminating knowledge to educators, decision-makers, advocates and youth.

The Landon Pearson Resource Centre will continue to remain at the forefront of children’s rights. Please contact Dr. Virginia Caputo, the Centre’s Director for more information about the Centre.

Children's Rights

The Centre has and will continue to enable children and youth voices to be listened to and heard in advancing their rights by:

  • Creating practical opportunities with and for children and youth for the exercise of their civil and political rights and responsibilities;
  • Providing children and youth with access to information and knowledge about their fundamental citizenship rights;
  • Actively challenging and engaging schools, educational institutions, government and the not-for-profit sector to systematically and structurally respect the right to be heard of children and youth;
  • Demonstrating model decision-making processes that involve children and youth in important civil and political decisions;
  • Reinforcing and facilitating the network of agencies that shape public policy with respect to children and youth; and
  • Nurturing in adults a culture of respect for children and youth as fellow citizens and the willingness to hear what they have to say.


The Honourable Landon Pearson O.C.

Who is Landon Pearson?

The Honourable Landon Pearson O.C. is a long-time advocate for the rights and well-being of children.  From 1994 to 2005, Landon Pearson’s served in The Senate of Canada, where she became known as the Children’s Senator as well as the Senator for Children.  (Link to Parliament of Canada biography, including full details of political experience and selected publications).  In May 1996, Senator Pearson was named Advisor on Children’s Rights to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.  In 1998 she became the Personal Representative of the Prime Minister to the 2002 United Nations Special Session on Children. She then coordinated Canada’s response to the Special Session entitled A Canada Fit for Children (link to report in pdf format and on the publications website of the Government of Canada).

As the wife of a Canadian diplomat she brought up their five children in five countries and learned first-hand about the challenges confronting the world’s children. She also learned to listen to her own.  Prior to her appointment to the Senate of Canada in 1994, she had extensive experience as a volunteer with a number of local, national and international organizations concerned with children.  As Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Commission for the International Year of the Child (1979), she edited the Commission’s report, For Canada’s Children: National Agenda for Action.  From 1984 to 1990, she served as President and then Chair of the Canadian Council on Children and Youth.  She was a founding member and Chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children from 1989 until she was summoned to the Senate.

Upon her retirement from the Senate in 2005, Landon Pearson moved with all her documents and papers to Carleton University where she directs a Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights that has been established in her name. The Landon Pearson Resource Centre is devoted to promoting the rights of children and youth through disseminating knowledge about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, mentoring students, sponsoring youth participation in a variety of settings, organizing lectures and seminars and coordinating a growing network of child rights scholars across Canada.

For more information visit the Landon Pearson Resource Centre website.

Our Values

Every child in Canada will grow up aware of his or her rights and responsibilities and enabled to exercise them within a receptive and respectful society.