Universal Periodic Review of Canada


  • This report drafted by Broken Chalk contributes to the fourth cycle of the Universal Periodic Review for Canada. This report focuses exclusively on human rights issues in Canada’s education field.
  • In the previous UPR cycle, Canada received 275 recommendations and accepted 208 recommendations. Of this, 7% of the recommendations were based on the Sustainable Development Goal of “Quality Education”.
  • This report first explores the main issues in the educational field in Canada, reflecting on the recommendations Canada received in the 3rd cycle UN UPR review in 2018 and its progress since. Finally, Broken Chalk offers some suggestions to Canada on further improving its human rights in the educational field.
  • As per the letter by the High Commissioner to the Foreigner Minister, issues were raised explicitly for the right to education, which included making education accessible for the Indigenous students, making education culturally acceptable to them, increasing the level of educational attainment of African Canadian children, prevent marginalisation, reduce dropout rates of African Canadian children, emphasis to be laid on non-discrimination and focusing on inclusivity in education, particularly for minority groups and the person with disabilities.[i]



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[i] Letter by the High Commissioner to the Foreign Minister, 2018.

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