National Child Day

Mark Saturday, November 20 - National Child Day - on your calendar!

This is the day when people across the country take time each year to celebrate Canada's most precious resource - our children. It's a day to remember that children need love and respect to grow to their full potential. It's a day to marvel at their uniqueness and all they have to offer. It's a day to celebrate the family and think about how adults affect the development of children close to them. The theme for 2021 National Child Day: is #8MillionStrong in honour of the power and resilience of all 8 million kids in Canada and their right to survive and thrive. 

National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year. National Child Day has been celebrated across Canada since 1993 to commemorate the United Nations' adoption of two documents centered on children's rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.

By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This commitment includes the opportunity for children to have a voice, be protected from harm
and be provided with their basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential. Moose Jaw City Council endorsed the Moose Jaw Children’s Covenant in November, 2015. The Early Childhood Coalition will be distributing a Children’s Covenant to schools and will be distributing activities for children and parents to mark the occasion. We hope that the Moose Jaw community will reflect on how we affect the lives of children in our community. 

Wanda Peakman, Chair
Early Childhood Coalition of Moose Jaw Region

 

Resources for Teachers and Families

 

Simplified Children's Covenant from the Early Childhood Coalition

National Child Day Activities from the Early Childhood Coalition

Printable Board Game

National Child Day resources from Canada.ca - Activities and information for children and parents.

Claire and Her Grandfather - This story was developed by Indigenous Services Canada. It explores the contributions of Canada's Aboriginal peoples to the culture and history of Canada.

Canada's Food Guide - Canada's Food Guide was created to teach Canadians about healthy food choices and a balanced diet. There are both English and French versions of this guide. As well, there is a guide available for Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples. Includes educational resources about healthy food choice and eating habits, recipes, and other tips.

 

Books for National Child Day