National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year. 

Celebrated across Canada since 1993, National Child Day commemorates the United Nations’ adoption of 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).


Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect when it ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991 . 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.

(Source: Public Health Agency of Canada)


6 ways families can celebrate National Child Day:

  • Hug the children in your family today and advocate for their well-being and success everyday.
  • Schedule the November 20th as a ‘child-centered’ day. Encourage your kids to plan the days’ activities for the family.
  • Have a special family themed meal. Dress up and have fun.
  • Tweet pictures and highlights of your family celebrating, using #NationalChildDay
  • Attend a scheduled celebration in your community. To learn how visit your local government event website.
  • Make a donation to a children’s charity in your community to support other children

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