Shaking the Movers

“Shaking the Movers” is an annual youth-driven and youth-led workshop held in different regions of the country.  The workshops enable children and youth to have a safe space to consider aspects of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in the context of their lived experiences.  Shaking the Movers workshops also provide children and youth with a unique opportunity to exercise their right to engage in important civil and political processes with the assurance that their voices will be listened to and heard. 

About the workshops

The Landon Pearson Centre designed these workshops to enable children and young people to “have the floor,” to present their unique perspectives and experiences, and to provide specific recommendations and input related to a children’s rights theme. STM began with one workshop in 2007; four workshops were held in 2016 in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. The workshops receive partial funding support from the Public Health Agency of Canada.  

A Model for Collaborative Consultation with Children and Youth on Public Policy
The Landon Pearson Centre’s model for collaborative consultation with young people guides the Shaking the Movers workshops. Funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada supported the development of the model in 2011. The unique features of this model are vital for the elaboration of effective public policy. 

Click here for more information (pdf).

​Shaking the Movers Reports

Each Shaking the Movers event is organized around an article(s) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: 

  • Speaking Truth to Power: Civil and Political Rights of Children (2007) Articles 12, 19, 24, 44  (pdf report); 
  • Identity and Belonging (2008), Articles 29.1.C and 30 (pdf report)
  • Child Rights in Education (2009), Articles 28, 29 and 42 (pdf report);
  • Children and the Media (2010), Articles 13, 16, 17, 34, 36 (pdf report);
  • Youth Justice (2011), Articles 37 and 40 (pdf report);
  • Mental Health (2012), Articles 23 and 24 (pdreport). 
  • Right to Play and Artistic Expression (2013), Article 31 (pdf report)
  • Child Exploitation (2014)   Article 34 and 36 (pdf report)
  • Sexual Exploitation (2015): BC-STM, Article 34 and 36 (pdf report)
  • Climate Change (2016):  STM-Ryerson (pdf report); STM-East Coast (pdf report)
  • Climate Change (2016):  STM-Quebec (meeting held Jan. 2017) (pdf report)
  • Children on the Move: Across Borders (2017): STM- Toronto (pdf report)
  • Recommendations Made by Child and Youth Participants (2017): STM- British Columbia (pdf report)
  • Defending Child Rights for Refugees and Newcomers (2017): STM-East Coast (East Coast STM 2017_v4_English)
  • Youth On The Move (2017):  STM- Ottawa (pdf report)
  • Brasser Les Decideurs au Quebec. Les Jeunes en Mouvement (2017):  STM – Montreal (meeting held in Jan. 2018) pdf report

Workshop organization

Approximately 40 children and youth between the ages of 11 and 17 attend each two day workshop. While there are adults present, they are there to listen only, to hear the recommendations made, to be a resource, to provide support to youth participants, and to ensure that the workshop takes place in a safe and comfortable setting. The outcomes, priorities and ideas presented by young people at the workshop are written up into summary reports. Landon Pearson has made it her priority to ensure that the reports reach the hands of the “movers” in Canada, and that they respond to young people’s concerns and recommendations in the reports. All reports and responses are public documents.

MediaSmarts:   Teaching Resource on Youth Rights and Media

​In honour of Universal Children’s Day that is celebrated on November 20th each year, MediaSmarts has developed Shaking the Movers: Youth rights and media, a  classroom resource on media and children’s rights. The teaching unit encourages students to examine how the Convention on the Rights of the Child relates to their media use. MediaSmarts partnered with the Landon Pearson Centre, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and UNICEF to design the resource. 

Click here for English website including a lesson kit for printing in PDF format; French website
​(Vous pouvez imprimer l’activité et les documents d’accompagnement réunis dans un fichier PDF)