National Child Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20th to acknowledge the importance of children’s rights and our country’s commitment to upholding them. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights of children with 54 articles that provide us with a solid road map of what is needed to raise healthy and happy children and youth. It is a day that celebrates raising our youngest citizens with dignity and respect, so they can make meaningful contributions to their communities.
Young people are our future, and we need to listen to them when important decisions are being made about their lives. Our communities need equitable and diverse support for all children and youth to succeed in life and reach their full potential. We are currently facing unique circumstances in caring for our young people and it is more important than ever to stand up as a community to support them.
This year’s theme is “Inclusion for Every Child.” Every child has the right to be treated fairly, no matter where they live, the colour of their skin, their abilities, their religion, language, or gender. Many children and youth in Alberta face poverty, bullying, discrimination, poor mental health, and abuse. A community that promotes children’s rights, free from these adversities, raises healthier and more engaged citizens.
The Alberta National Child Day coalition collaborates on education resources and events across the province. Visit our events page to see what’s happening in your community this year! Check out our resource page for booklists, activity toolkits, posters and more!