November 20th is National Child Day. Every year, people across Canada take the time to celebrate valuable members of society: children!
All children have rights
This day marks the adoption by the United Nations of two documents on children's rights: the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.
Every child has rights, regardless of who they are, where they live, their family situation, gender, language, religion and culture. This is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of children's rights and to reflect on our role in upholding those rights. Children are unique citizens who can and should contribute significantly to decision-making, and deserve respect, attention, love and above all, a listening ear.
Celebrating National Child Day Together
Several activities are available online, including those on the Government of Canada website. This site offers information and resources on National Child Day and the Convention on the Rights of the Child to help young people under 18 years of age learn about their rights. Share this information with the children and youth you know!