National Child Day

National Child Day
Posted on 11/15/2020
National Child Day

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improve children's welfare. 

On this day in 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Also on this day in 1989 the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In Canada, it is known as National Child Day. It is our official day to recognize Canada’s responsibilities to children and youth in fulfilment of their human rights, on the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

How you can participate:

UNICEF Canada - #TakeBackTheFuture 

On November 20th, from 12:00 - 1:30 pm, UNICEF Canada will host Take Back The Future: Youth Activism Summit. 

Young people will speak out about their experiences with COVID-19 and share their ideas to reimagine the post-pandemic future for young people in Canada.

UNICEF will also be taking this opportunity to introduce UNICEF Canada’s Youth Advocate program and to launch an exciting new initiative that will be led by young people next year to mark Canada’s 30th year since ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

Special guests include:

  • the Honorable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Inclusion and Diversity and Youth; 
  • UNICEF Canada Ambassador and actor, Simu Liu; 
  • the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Francisco Cali Tzay; 
  • the President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Shelley Morse; 
  • the CEO of Arc’teryx, Drummond Lawson; 
  • and Members of Parliament who hold key roles for children and youth, with MC Saara Chaudry of CBC Kids.

Register and learn more here.

Children First Canada - #SeenAndHeard

November 20 at 1:00 p.m., Children First Canada will be holding an interactive digital event – for children and adults.

Children and youth from across the country will discuss what it means to be #SeenAndHeard. You’ll also hear from youth activists, Canada’s leading voices for children’s rights, government and industry leaders, and more. CBC Kids News will join the event and feature an interview with Canadian basketball player Michael Linklater.

Teachers may register for a whole class. Students who wish to participate from home may register individually.

Learn more and register.

Additional Resources:

UNICEF has additional resources for teachers, students and parents to learn more about Children’s Rights.

UNICEF National Child Day Toolkit

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