Defence for Children International-Canada (DCI-Canada) is the Canadian section of DCI, a world-wide movement in support of children’s rights. DCI was founded in 1979, the international year of the child.

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The Les Horne ‘Rights in Action’ Award for Youth
March 26, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions
What is it?
This is an award celebrating youth and presented by DCI-Canada. It was developed in honour of the late Les Horne, Ontario’s first Child Advocate. Les was a founding member of DCI-Canada and served as its volunteer Executive Director.
For this Award, we are looking for project proposals that will make our world [...]

Time to End Carding
October 9, 2013

DCI President Agnes Samler, wrote an opinion piece regarding the carding of Toronto’s youth by police officers. Her letter was published in the Reader’s Letter section of the Toronto Star on October 5th. Click here to be directed to the Toronto Star website or scroll below to read the letter in it’s entirety.
Devastating, Unacceptable,’ Sept. [...]

Words of Reflection for Les
December 20, 2011

I am sorry that I cannot be with you this evening; my hope was that I would be able to participate in this memorial for Les Horne and am grateful for the opportunity to write some words of reflection. It does seem somewhat fitting however that I will be spending my day at Warkworth institution, [...]

Les Horne was always there ………Poem by Betty Makoni
November 17, 2011

There is a time when I meet people with a purpose
There are moments when such people are with points and pointers
Such people are always there even if my audience be counted as one
They fill the space not with numbers, but their love and compassion
They are not there as VIP (Very Important People)
There are just there [...]

The Les Horne “Rights in Action” Award for Children and Youth
November 10, 2011

In memory of Les, this award of up to $1000 will be presented by DCICanada on an annual basis to a young person or group of young people whose proposal to promote children’s rights is selected.
As we launch it this November 17th, we are asking you as friends of Les Horne to contribute to a fund [...]