National Child Day

Each year Canada celebrates children, children’s rights, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20th: National Child Day. The Coalition works with our member organizations to highlight children’s rights on this significant day.

2016 National Child Day Events and Initiatives

Members of the CCRC are hosting special events during November to promote children’s rights.  Below is a list of known events.  If you are planning a special event or know of a project that might interest others, let us know and we will update the list.

Child Rights Education Week (CREW)

November 14 – 20, 2016
The theme this year is the Right to Be Heard.
Video Project:  Young people and adults are invited to share short videos that celebrate children’s rights.  See the website at Re Awareness of Rights: Resources to raise awareness about children’s rights are also available, including games for kids.
CREW is sponsored by the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates.
Details at:

Children’s Rights:  Making Canada Work Better for Children

Panel Presentation and Workshop on how implementation of the Convention could improve federal/provincial cooperation for the benefit of all children. Guest speakers at a noon-hour session will be Mr. Irwin Elman, Ontario’s Advocate for Children and Senator Jim Munson, Chair of the Senate Human Rights Committee. Afternoon Workshop.
November 22, at the University of Ottawa. See details in post at bottom of front page.
Sponsored by CCRC, U of O Child Rights Laboratory, U of O Human Rights Research and Education Center, and the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law, U of Ottawa.

Children First Speaker Series:  Investing in Kids

Children First Canada is sponsoring a speaker series on Investing in Children, in cooperation with the Economic Club of Canada.  Toronto:  November 16.  Ottawa: November 17.  See website for details:

 Journal Release on 10th Anniversary of Landon Pearson Resource Center

November 24, 4 – 6 p.m. 2017 Dunton Town, Carleton University, Ottawa
A special issue of the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights on the rights of Indigenous Children will be released at the 10th Anniversary of the Landon Pearson Resource Center for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights.  A donor event is being organized by “Friends” of the Centre.
Information at

National Child Day Award at Crayons and Cravats Gala Event
The Canadian Institute of Child Health will honour Cindy Blackstock at their annual dinner on November 7. More information at

2016 Play it Fair! Postcard Activity

Equitas invites you to celebrate National Child Day (November 20th) with children by sending a postcard to Parliament. This year’s theme is Article 12 of the Convention: respect for the views of the child.
Children are invited to draw or write on the postcards what children’s rights means to them.  More than 10,000 postcards are sent each year by children all across Canada.
Order postcards and get more information on

Bring Your MP to School Day

UNICEF Canada’s annual Bring Your MP to School Day brings elected parliamentarians to children and youth to discuss the issues that matter to them. Children have the right to be heard and MPs have the duty to listen and ensure decisions support children’s universal human rights. See

25 Years of Implementation:  How Are We Doing?

A factsheet prepared by the CCRC focuses on progress on the outcomes of the last review of Canada, in lead-up to next review in 2018.  Available for distribution to increase public awareness about implementation of the Convention.
Available at

Shaking the Movers:  Youth Rights and the Environment

This year Shaking the Movers, youth-led events will be held in Fredricton, Vancouver, and Toronto. Pre-registration is required.  The youth report on Youth Rights and the Environment will be the focus for the January meeting of the Child Rights Academic Network Annual Meeting.  You can learn more about the Shaking the Movers events at


General Resources to Raise Awareness about Children’s Rights

Check the resources page to find child-friendly posters of the Convention, copies of the Convention, and factsheets on the basic principles in the Convention.