National Child Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20th in order to recognize our commitment to protecting the rights of children. This day celebrates the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and this year, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary!
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is important because it is an international treaty that recognizes the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children. It sets out the rights of children with 54 articles that provide us with a road map of what is needed to raise healthy and happy children. To learn more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, visit this website.
To mark this anniversary, we have developed a special children’s activity! This activity can be done with children so that they can learn about their rights by creating a Tree of Children’s Rights. This exercise will also allow them to share their ideas about children’s right with the broader community. We invite you to join dozens of communities across Canada in celebrating National Child Day by following this link to download a free activity booklet.