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National Child Day

Celebrate National Child Day

What is 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 ChildExternal Link on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the ChildExternal Link on 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.

What can you do to celebrate National Child Day?

2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Take time to celebrate children's rights on National Child Day and throughout the year!

This website provides information and resources about National Child Day and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to help promote awareness of children's rights and ways to celebrate National Child Day.  You'll find:

Learn more about child and youth rights and take the National Child Day online quiz.

Tell us how you celebrated National Child Day!