National Child Day 2021

National Child Day 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is an opportunity to recognize the rights of all children, while also acknowledging the unique rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, children and youth have demonstrated extraordinary resilience and leadership. They have been leaders within their families, schools, communities, and even at a national level. Together, they are #8MillionStrong!

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Event Speakers

Host

Arjun Ram

CBC Kids News Contributor

Traditional Blessing

Elder Verna McGregor

Algonquin Cultural Advisor

Special Appearances

The Honourable Karina Gould

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

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Her Excellency Mary May Simon

Governor General of Canada

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Sylvie Bérubé

Porte-parole du dossier Famille, Enfants et Développement Social, Bloc Québécois

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Chris Hadfield

Canadian Astronaut (Ret'd), Engineer, Pilot and Author

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Karen Joseph

CEO of Reconciliation Canada

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

O.B.C., O.C., Member of the National Assembly of First Nations Elders Council, Residential "School" Survivor

Marissa Papaconstantinou

Canadian Paralympian

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Jill Schnarr

Chief Social Innovation and Communications Officer

Sara Austin

Founder and CEO, Children First Canada

Youth Panelists

Ziya Bhayani

Young Canadians' Parliament

Lucy Diaz

Young Canadians' Parliament

Lily Kurtz

Young Canadians' Parliament

Ispeeta Ahmed

Young Canadians' Parliament

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