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November 20 is National Child Day in Canada. It’s a time to celebrate our country’s commitment to upholding the rights of children. There are 8 million kids in Canada, and they all have something in common—their rights!

National Child Day

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Children represent a quarter of Canada’s population and 100% of our future. They are citizens with rights, opinions and ideas. Kids deserve to have a say in decisions that affect their lives. And adults have a duty to listen. This year, we honour the contributions of young people from coast to coast to coast. We see you. We hear you. On National Child Day, lift your voice!

National Child Day 2020

Children First Canada would like to thank everyone who attended our National Child Day 2020 digital event. We were thrilled to have more than 3,000 people registered – including kids, adults, families, schools, youth activists, politicians and industry leaders from across the country! Special thanks to our various sponsors and partners. The success of this event would not have been possible without your generous support.

Thank you for helping children in Canada to be #SeenAndHeard!

Missed this year’s live event? Watch the full recording here!

As Canada marks National Child Day, a new poll finds that many kids don’t know they have rights. And an alarming 73% don’t know what to do if their rights are violated. The poll was conducted by Abacus Data and commissioned by Children First Canada. Get the full report here.

Children First Canada is partnering with StatsCan to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on children and families. This process will connect Canadian children and youth with industry leaders and decision-makers. Now more than ever, we need to act with children, not for them. Stay tuned for more information in January!

Share Your Event

Hosting an event for National Child Day? We want to hear about it! Submit your event and it will appear on our interactive map.

Join a Celebration

Canadians from across the country are celebrating National Child Day on November 20. Check out our events page to find out what’s happening in your area.

Wondering how you can be #SeenAndHeard?

The Young Canadians’ Parliament is an initiative to amplify the voice of young people at the highest levels of government. Members of this growing movement host a series of digital events throughout the year to discuss the issues that matter most to kids. Are you under 18 years old? Want to learn how to speak up for your rights? We invite you to join us!

Take Action

One in three children in Canada do not enjoy a safe and healthy childhood – and the impacts of COVID-19 have made things worse. We’re urging the federal government to invest in the lives of children and protect their rights. Sign our Call to Action now!

Show Your Support for Kids

When you purchase a National Child Day T-shirt, 100% of the profits go towards Children First Canada’s mission to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up. Place your order now, and we’ll send your shipment as soon as the T-shirts are available.

Did You Know?

There are 4 groups of rights for children:

Survival
rights

Development rights

Protection
rights

Participation
rights

These groups of rights come from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Click here for a child-friendly version of the UNCRC.

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National Child Day 2020

Children First Canada would like to thank everyone who attended our National Child Day 2020 digital event. We were thrilled to have more than 3,000 people registered – including kids, adults, families, schools, youth activists, politicians and industry leaders from across the country! Special thanks to our various sponsors and partners. The success of this event would not have been possible without your generous support. 

Thank you for helping children in Canada to be #SeenAndHeard! 
 
Missed this year’s live event? Watch the full recording here!

National Child Day Community Activators

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