Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights


The Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights is Canada’s premier children’s rights centre. Since it opened in 2006, it has become a gathering place for researchers, scholars, policymakers, practitioners, teachers, students, and other children’s rights community members. Diverse ideas and perspectives are welcome and a rights-respecting approach informs and transforms dialogues, collaborations, and engaged, community-based learning in ways that are inclusive, enriching, and supportive.

The Centre houses Canada’s largest catalogued collection of children’s rights materials including Landon Pearson’s personal library comprising over 14,000 documents, books, reports, and archival materials related to her long history as a child rights advocate. These materials are available to all who are interested.

The Centre sponsors events throughout the year that promote rights-respecting approaches and enable children’s and young people’s participation in exemplary rights-based activities. By supporting teaching, research, mentorship, collaboration, and knowledge dissemination, the Centre offers a place for creative and sustained engagement.

Landon Pearson maintained an active presence in the Centre and served as the Centre’s Chair until her sad passing in January 2023. She ensured that the Centre would continue contributing to a broader effort to transform societal understanding that children’s rights matter. This idea continues to be the heart of the Centre’s long-term vision and it informs our collaborations, dialogues, initiatives, and projects dedicated to the advancement and betterment of the lives of children and young people.

As we gather in the Landon Pearson Centre to work with and on behalf of children and young people, we wish to gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather at Carleton is the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin-Anishnaabe peoples. As settlers on this land, we wish to convey our respect and gratitude to the Algonquin peoples and other Indigenous, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples on Turtle Island who have taken care of the land over generations.

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