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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 Activism Summit

Every year, UNICEF Canada’s One Youth brings together young activists to celebrate National Child Day and defend the right to a childhood. 

This year, on November 19, youth from across Canada and adult influencers and decision-makers will come together for the Youth Activism Summit, an online intergenerational event to discuss young people’s recommendations for the future they envision for children and youth in Canada and around the world.

The Youth Activism Summit is open to anyone who wants to join! Youth and adults!  

Ways To Maximize Your Impact This National Child Day

1. Spread the Word on National Child Day

Let people know November 20th is National Child Day


COVID-19 has made life tough for many children and youth. They’ve given up a lot to help keep all of us safe. 

We want to colour our neighbourhoods, organizations and the internet blue to recognize their sacrifices and say thank you. Please join us and Go Blue to raise awareness about the right to a childhood, too!

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 thank-you message on the sidewalk
  • Do a craft with children in your life to teach them about child rights 

Download our Go Blue 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 and #GoBlue 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.