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What is National Child Day?

November 20 is National Child Day in Canada. It is also World Children’s Day, championed by UNICEF to mark the date in 1989 when children’s human rights were recognized with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Celebrate National Child Day At The Youth ADVOCACY Summit

Every year, UNICEF Canada brings together young advocates and adult influencers and decision makers to celebrate National Child Day and defend the right to a childhood.  

At the Youth Advocacy Summit, Youth Advocates share their experiences of pressing issues and present recommendations for the future they envision for children and youth in Canada and around the world in the Reimagine Playbook.

Ways To Maximize Your Impact This National Child Day

Spread the Word on National Child Day

Join us and colour your home, school, neighbourhood, workplace and social media blue to raise awareness about the right to a childhood!

What can you do? 

  • Wear blue and use our photobooth props to take and share a photo on social media;
  • Share our social media graphics and video on your accounts to spread the word;
  • Chalk a blue message on the sidewalk;
  • Do a craft with children in your life to teach them about child rights.

Download our National Child Day Toolkit for fun ideas and activities for everyone to get involved. Don’t forget to post photos on social media and use the hashtags #NationalChildDay, #EveryRightForEveryChild and #WorldChildrensDay so we can share!


National Child Day is a great opportunity to hear from kids themselves on the issues that matter to them. It’s a day for kids, by kids, and everyone can get involved.

Elected officials, companies and organizations can change their logo blue and consider a Kids Takeover the week leading up to the big day on November 20. Not sure how? Download the Toolkit below to run your own Kids Takeover.