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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 (CRC).

Last year we brought 100 young activists together to celebrate National Child Day.  This year, due to COVID-19, we’re asking them to #StayInToSpeakOut.

UNICEF Canada is partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Equitas, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, International Institute for Child Rights and Development, and The Students Commission of Canada on a series of virtual Stay In to Speak Out sessions to celebrate National Child Day and defend the right to a childhood. 


Discussions led by young people to better understand how aspects of their lives are being affected by the pandemic and to gather young people’s thoughts and ideas on how to take back the future and recover from the pandemic.

Open to youth in Canada between 12-24 years old, held over Zoom.

  • Education (Wednesday, September 23 from 6:00-7:30pm EST)
  • Mental Health (Tuesday, October 6 from 5:00-6:30pm EST)
  • Indigenous Sovereignty (Tuesday, October 13 from 6:00-7:30pm EST)
  • Climate Change (Monday, October 19 from 7:00-8:30 EST)
  • Democracy (Monday, October 26 from 4:00-5:30pm EST)
  • Systemic Racism (Tuesday, November 3 from 4:00-5:30pm EST)

Register for UNICEF Canada's Virtual Youth Activism Summit

On November 20, UNICEF Canada will host Take Back The Future: Youth Activism Summit, a virtual showcase hosted by youth leaders who participated in our Stay In to Speak Out sessions. 

Young people will speak out about their experiences with COVID-19 and share their ideas to reimagine the post-pandemic future for young people in Canada.

Their presentations will be followed by a panel of decision-makers who will reflect on how we can all reimagine and recover from the pandemic together. 

Join us to reimagine a future where kids takeover! 


On November 20 we ask Canadians to help #KidsTakeOver – our chance to hear from kids themselves on the issues and solutions that matter to them. It’s a day for kids, by kids, and everyone can get involved. Download the toolkit below to run your own Kids Takeover!