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A Message from the CEO

National Child Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20 in recognition of our country’s commitment to upholding the rights of children and two historic events: the 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Globally, the day is known as World Children’s Day.

For more than a decade, the state of childhood in Canada has been on the decline. This year, the impact of COVID-19 on children revealed that urgent action is still needed to protect the rights of young people in Canada. Now more than ever, we need to amplify the voices of children and youth. They need to be seen and heard.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights of children and provides a solid road map of what is needed to raise healthy and happy children and youth.

Children First Canada is proud to celebrate National Child Day with our partners from coast to coast to coast. Children First Canada is an alliance of Canada’s leading children’s charities and hospitals, research institutes, corporations that invest in kids, teachers, parents and kids themselves. We have a bold and ambitious vision that together we can make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up!

Join the celebrations by attending our digital event this year or by organizing your own event with your school or workplace. For more information and ways to celebrate, we invite you to visit the pages of our website. Thank you for joining our efforts to promote the well-being of all 8 million kids in Canada!


Sara Austin
Founder and CEO