What is National Child Day?
National Child Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20 in recognition of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is the perfect time for young Canadians to express themselves and shape their own future.
How to Celebrate National Child Day
- Learn more. Read about National Child Day and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Empower young people to use their voice. Download this child-friendly version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a PDF to remind our children and youth about their rights - and how they can protect the rights of others.
- Raise awareness. Use social media to start conversations about National Child Day with friends, family members or co-workers.
Bring your MP to School Day
Building on UNICEF Canada’s historic role in commemorating National Child Day, we facilitate an exciting initiative that connects young people across the country with their elected representatives. Bring Your MP to School Day is a one-hour visit by an MP to a local school in her or his riding to celebrate National Child Day, bringing Parliamentarians to children and youth across the country, because no child is too far to be heard.
It’s an opportunity for Members of Parliament and their youngest constituents to engage in a meaningful discussion and learn from each other. Engaging MPs with children and youth – generally a quarter of the population – helps inform decisions that affect this vulnerable but non-voting population, and advances the civic education of Canada’s youngest citizens.
The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is an ongoing platform for the Prime Minister to listen to youth ages 16-24 about the issues that matter to them.
How to Participate in Bring Your MP to School Day
It’s easy to participate in the Bring Your MP to School Day event!
- First, contact a school or your MP and invite them to conduct a visit between Nov 7 - 11.
- Then, register your visit with UNICEF Canada. MPs can do so here, and schools here.
- Use the Event Kits below to prepare for your visit.
- Enjoy the visit! Students get the chance to speak their minds, while MPs are listening.
See the further instructions and activities available in our Event Kits to plan your meaningful and engaging event!
For more information or assistance please contact UNICEF Canada at email@example.com, or 416-482-6552 ext. 8848