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The United Nations Charter recognizes the “fundamental human rights, and the dignity and worth of the human person”. Over the years, special UN Conventions, addressing the rights of Women, Children, Indigenous Persons and Persons with Disabilities, have been developed and adopted. To this day, there is still no Convention uplifting the rights of Older People, despite persistent calls from numerous organizations around the world and in Canada.

On December 2, EAPO and CNPEA hosted a panel conversation to hear from several Canadian experts who are working hard to support the development of a Convention. The session addressed the situation in long term care, the link between Covid-19 and the mistreatment of older people, ageism, and the protection of rights throughout the life course. 400 people joined the session and participated in a lively Q&A afterwards. Many of you asked what you can do to help support the call for a Convention.


The International Longevity Centre Canada (ILC) has initiated a letter-writing campaign to engage the government and request their support for a Convention. A ready-to-use letter is available on their homepage.

  • Send an email to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Seniors, with a short personal endorsement. Attach the letter to your email. Copy ILC leaders Margaret Gillis and Dr. Kiran Rabheru and your local MP on the email.
  • If you use social media, make sure that you post about this too. Talk about the need for a Convention. Let people know about the letter campaign. Share a link to ILC’s website. Tag your MP, the Ministers and ILC in your posts. Use the hashtags #HumanRightsDay and #Standup4humanrights.


  • Download the letter here - a French version is available here

  • Here is an example of personal endorsement for your email (feel free to use or edit as you see fit)

To the Honourable Ministers Champagne and Shulte,
I am writing to support the International Longevity Centre (ILC) Canada demands for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons in response to horrific human rights violations in the 2020 pandemic. I want to convey my sense of urgency that you act quickly given the pandemic numbers continue to increase. Canada has an important leadership role to play in advancing the human rights of older adults. Please demonstrate your leadership and support the UN Convention. Attached you will find the ILC letter.
Thank you,

  • Email addresses:

The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne: 
The Honourable Deb Schulte:  
Margaret Gillis: 
Kiran Rabheru: 
Find your MP:

  • Social media handles:

The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne: @FP_Champagne
The Honourable Deb Schulte:  @_DebSchulte
International Longevity Canada: @ILCCanada
CNPEA: @cnpea
EAPO: @EAPreventionON

The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne: @FPChampagneSMC
The Honourable Deb Schulte:  @DebSchulte82
International Longevity Canada: none
CNPEA: @cnpea
EAPO: @EAPreventionON

December 10 is International Human Rights Day, what better time to speak up about this? Join the campaign today, every voice counts!

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Guest Post by Anne-Marie Monroe, Advisor, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, OBSI / OSBI

At the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI), we often hear from consumers who are confused. They need to know how to resolve their financial complaints. For 25 years, we’ve been helping consumers and financial services firms resolve disputes at no cost to consumers. While thousands of consumers from different walks of life and economic circumstances turn to us each year for assistance, older Canadians account for approximately 38% of OBSI complainants.  

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Annual General Meeting 
Thursday, September 24, 2020
10 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) 1 PM to 2:30 PM (Eastern time)

Anyone interested in participation to the AGM must register at the link above.
Once you have registered, you will receive an automated email that will allow you to join the virtual meeting.

On September 24, join us to elect new Board members and hear about the Network's latest activities.
See the agenda.

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CNPEA Annual General Meeting 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

10 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)/ 
1 PM to 2:30 PM (Eastern time)  


On September 24, join us to elect new Board members and hear about our activities and plans for the future.

The meeting will be held online via Zoom. You must register ahead of time to participate.
Once your registration is complete, you will receive the connection information by email. REGISTER HERE

The 2020 agenda, the list of candidates to the Board, and the annual report will be circulated later in September.


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