National Child Day Celebrations from Coast to Coast

December 3, 2019

On November 20th, 2019, National Child Day was celebrated across Canada. This day marked the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and this year, 2019, was its 30th anniversary!

To highlight this day, Equitas developed a special activity booklet for children so they could learn about their rights. Dozens of communities participated in this activity by creating their own Tree of Rights to express why rights are important to them. Check out the photos below of some of the many communities that participated, including children from the Trinity Bellwoods Community Center in Toronto, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, participating schools in the English Montreal School Board, as well as the Joujouthèque Basse-Ville in Quebec City. The Porteurs des Droits de l’Enfant in Quebec City also marked this day by organizing a march for children’s rights, as seen below.

Also in Quebec City, children had the opportunity to be heard by various decision-makers at the National Assembly including Premier François Legault and Mathieu Lacombe, the Minister of Families, to whom they presented bouquets of leaves that they had created.

Click here if you would like to download a copy of the activity booklet to do with the children you work with. National Child Day may have passed but every day is a good day to talk to the children you work with about their rights!