National Child Day is about celebrating children as active participants in their own lives and in communities, as active citizens who can meaningfully contribute to decision-making. Families Canada participates in many ways through our members across the country.
National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year across Canada since 1993 to commemorate the United Nations’ adoption of two documents centered on children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (November 20, 1959), and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (November 20, 1989).
By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This includes the opportunity for children to have a voice, be protected from harm, and be provided with their basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential.
- UNICEF Canada
- The Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights