National Child Day 2022

This year, the theme for Children First Canada’s National Child Day event is #8MillionRising. Children and youth make up a quarter of our population and 100% of our future. They are the next generation of business leaders, teachers, doctors, activists and politicians. But they’re not just future leaders – they are leaders right now – in their schools, communities and even at a national level. They are launching climate movements, organizing sit-ins and marches, lobbying government and urging companies to align more closely with their values.

Arjun Ram of CBC Kids News will host our event, which features inspiring leaders from across Canada and live entertainment. The event will also include a spotlight on the rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and the important role children and youth play in reconciliation.

Join our event on November 15 to kick off a week of exciting activities leading up to National Child Day on November 20!

Click here to watch past events! 

Event Speakers

Special National Child Day Greetings

The Honourable Marci Ien

Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

​The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

​Leadership Spotlight

Kayla Alexander

Professional basketball player, Olympian and current member of the Canadian Senior Women's National Team

​Opening Remarks

Sara Austin

Founder and CEO, Children First Canada


Arjun Ram

CBC Kids News contributor

​Blessing / Cultural Ceremony

Elder Claudette Commanda

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, QC, and Chancellor of the University of Ottawa

​Keynote & Special Guest

Carey Newman

Indigenous Artist, Master Carver, Creator of the Witness Blanket

Adelyn Newman-Ting

Indigenous Child Author


Jason Wilkins


DJ Lincoln Baio

Sponsor Spotlight

Portrait of Jill Schnarr

Jill Schnarr

Chief Communications Officer, TELUS

Partners and Sponsors