National Child Day, celebrated annually on November 20th, is dedicated to promoting and safeguarding the rights of children and youth, a focus of importance for Families Canada.
National Child Day
National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year. National Child Day has been celebrated 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 commitment 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.
Celebrating National Child Day is about celebrating children as active participants in their own lives and in communities, as active citizens who can and should meaningfully contribute to decision-making.
More information on National Child Day, activity kits and information for children and youth can be found on the Public Health Agency’s Website
Families Canada champions children’s rights in our initiatives and activities.
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