We are excited to host our landmark event in Ottawa and satellite events across the country. Join the celebrations and be a part of a national conversation on what it will take to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up!

The below event information pertains to our 2019 events. Please check back for information on our 2020 events.

National Event

Join us in our nation’s capital to celebrate National Child Day! This landmark event will take place at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa where children, youth and adult leaders from government, the business community and charities will gather to discuss the urgent, unfinished business of children’s rights in Canada.

The event will run from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST with forums for both children and youth and leaders of the federal government and Canada’s leading charities, hospitals, research institutes and major corporations that invest in kids, to take stock of the current challenges and create a plan of action.

Details on the speakers and agenda will be announced soon!

For more info, please contact:

NOTE FOR CHILDREN/YOUTH: If the ticket price is a barrier to your participation, please contact us as a limited number of free tickets is available thanks to our generous sponsors.

Children First Canada wishes to thank TELUS for sponsoring National Child Day!

Sara Austin

Founder and CEO, Children First Canada

Michele Austin

Head of Government, Public Policy & Philanthropy at Twitter Canada

Mark Hierlihy

President & CEO, Canada Children’s Hospital Foundations

Grand Chief, Alvin Fiddler

Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Emily Gruenwoldt

Children’s Healthcare Canada, Council of Champions for Children First Canada

Landon Pearson

OC, former Canadian Senator and a children’s rights advocate

Alex Munter

CEO of CHEO and a member of our Council of Champions

Mary Jo Haddad

Board Director of TELUS and TD Bank, Council of Champions for Children First Canada 

Lisa de Wilde

Former CEO, TVO and Board Director (TELUS, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Toronto Global, Children First Canada)

Sagni Kuma

Trustee, OCSB, Student St. Joseph High School

Jordan Press

The Canadian Press

Guy Freedman

President and Senior Partner of the First Peoples Group

Jennifer McLeod Macey

Vice President,Public Affairs, IPSOS

Irwin Elman

Former Ontario Child Advocate, Global Strategic Champion, Until The Last Child

Ann Douglas

Author, Speaker, and Radio Columnist

Amina Sanogo

Youth Ambassador, Children First Canada

Kasha Sequoia Slavner

Gen-Z Documentary Filmmaker & Founder, The Global Sunrise Project 

Kealy Blundell Obey

(Yellow Horsetail Women), Saskatchewan youth in care & custody network (SYICCN), Youth in Care Canada (YICC) 

Denise Siele

Public Affairs Strategist

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Satellite Events


Children First Canada is proud to partner with the Calgary National Child Day Coalition in hosting a special event for children, youth and adult allies. Click here for more details!


Children First Canada is proud to partner with the IWK Health Centre and Wisdom2Action in hosting a special event for children, youth and adult allies. More details coming soon!


Children First Canada is proud to partner with Nunavut’s Representative of Children and Youth Office in supporting special celebrations in Iqaluit for children, youth and adult allies in their local schools and community organizations. In addition, two Inuit youth from Iqaluit and one teacher will be joining the national celebration in Ottawa, thanks to the generous sponsorship of First Air and Farmboy.