Our History

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1990: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) came into effect.

1994: Stronger Children, Stronger Families: conference held in Victoria, British Columbia, and was the impetus for creating a centre focused on the meaningful implementation of child rights, based at the University of Victoria.

1994: The Unit for Research and Education on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was founded under the direction of Dr. Philip Cook, an assistant professor within the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.

1996: Partnerships with Indigenous people on Canada’s west coast and in Latin America were central to the Units’ evolving niche in grounding child rights in cultural practices supporting children. This learning was highlighted in the “Caring for Indigenous Children” Conference and led to the creation of IICRD’s logo.

2000: Dr. Cook relocated the Unit to the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria in order to focus exclusively on its work. At this time, the Unit was renamed the Institute for Child Rights and Development (ICRD).

2002: The International Institute for Child Rights and Development/Institut international pour les droits des enfants et le développement (IICRD) was incorporated as a federal non-share capital corporation

2006: IICRD was granted charitable status from Revenue Canada

2018: Founders Dr. Cook and Michele Cook shift out of IICRD's Management Team and Vanessa Currie assumes the role of Executive Director

2020: IICRD signs a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Royal Roads University (RRU), develops a new Strategic Plan (2020-2023) and a new logo 

Stepping boldly into leading with children and youth to create a better future for us all.


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A Canadian non-profit charity working locally, nationally, and internationally.


PO Box 35039 Hillside Victoria, British Columbia Canada V8T 5G2