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National Child Day is celebrated each year on November 20 to reaffirm the commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.

Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely accepted international human rights treaty in history, with only one country not ratifying the treaty.

What Can You Do to Help Promote Children's Rights?

Every step is a step in the right direction; here are some ways to include children's rights into your everyday life.

  • Incorporate children's participation in decision-making
  • Encourage children to express their thoughts and ideas on their rights through art, presentations, plays and other creative processes
  • Be a role model for respecting the dignity and integrity of children
  • Ensure that any safety concerns for or from children are reported and investigated properly

Events and Resources

National Child Day - Play Day

Date: Sunday November 17, 2019
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Jamie Platz YMCA, 7121 178 Street

Come join us for a fun filled free Play Day to celebrate the rights of children in Edmonton. To learn more about this event, visit us on Facebook.

National Child Day Proclamation

Date: Wednesday November 20, 2019
Time: noon
Location: City Room, City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Come join and attend Edmonton’s National Child Day proclamation, celebrating the city’s future leaders and their rights. This year's celebration focuses on the 30th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of a Child. The Proclamation will be presented by Mayor Don Iveson and shared with a group of children.


The 2019 toolkit provides practical resources and activities to promote the 30th anniversary of the UNCRC in a variety of settings with different age groups to celebrate National Child Day.

Download Toolkit 

You can also check out our toolkits from previous years for additional inspiration.

For More Information

Title Child Friendly Edmonton Coordinator



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