The United Nations has expressed concern about child poverty in Canada. (File photo)
The United Nations has expressed concern about child poverty in Canada, highlighting that the living conditions of indigenous children have deteriorated over the past decade.
Marta Mauras, the vice president of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, said on Friday, “Canada can afford to do better,” pointing to the figures from the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
Mauras was invited by children’s rights groups to Canada to view the execution of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the country.
The UNICEF statistics show that one in seven children in Canada lives in poverty.
The living conditions of indigenous children are worse as one in four of them lives in poverty, UNICEF says.
Mauras also stated that this is “a clear deterioration from 10 years ago.”
In a September review, the UN committee expressed concern over the “lack of improvement to Canada’s child poverty rate.”
The review pointed to the continuing problems among Canadian children, including “unhealthy weights and child mental illness, and inadequate monitoring mechanisms for tracking the well-being of children.”
Recently, the UN strongly condemned Canada’s record on children’s rights, and accused the Canadian government of systematic discrimination against aborigines and immigrants.
The review also found “insufficient co-ordination between various levels of government when it comes to serving Canadian children, and unclear accounting of government spending on children.”
Reports say Canada has forced thousands of aboriginal children into ghastly boarding schools, where they have been abused sexually, psychologically, and physically.