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.
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.
This year’s theme is The Right to Survive and Thrive. This comes from Article 6 of the UNCRC and means that every child has the right not only to be alive, but to have access to what they need to develop to the fullest extent possible. You are welcome to use this theme in planning your own National Child Day celebrations, or to choose a different right or theme if it fits better with your needs!
The Alberta National Child Day coalition organizes events across the province. Visit our events page to see what’s happening in your community this year!