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National Child Day

National Child Day is celebrated annually on November 20th and is specially designated to mark two historic events:

  • the 1959 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child, and
  • the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1989.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) sets out the rights in 54 articles. These rights can be categorized into three main areas: protection, provision and participation.

Children have less power in society, they are left even more disempowered and victimized by human rights violations than the average citizen. Celebrating National Child Day raises awareness of the rights of children in Alberta, and specifically those who experience rights violations and social marginalization within our province.

The OCYA promotes National Child Day to ensure that children and youth are informed about National Child Day and have a way to celebrate and participate in the day. Promotion of the day also ensures that children and youth are informed about their rights, the CRC and that stakeholders are also informed.

See the toolkits, logos, videos and more available online: www.NationalChildDay.ca

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