“Every child is a new chance for the whole human race. ” Hon. Landon Pearson, O.C.

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 members of the children’s rights community.  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 a number of 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 maintains an active presence in the Centre and serves as the Centre’s Chair.  She ensures that we continue to contribute to a broader effort to transform societal understanding that children’s rights matter. This idea is at 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 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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