National Child Day (Nov 20th)

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Today is Canada’s national “Child Day”, held November 20th each year as enacted in Bill C-371.

Otherwise known as the  Child Day Act as of 1993 the day commemorates the United Nations adoption of  The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of The Child  on November 20th, 1959, and the The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20th, 1989.

The Convention spells out the basic human rights to which children (under the age of 18) everywhere are entitled.

The purpose of Child Day is to promote awareness about the Convention to Canadians.

It is also a day to support Canadian children’s rights by voicing your concerns about Canadian children’s rights violations to the politicians of Canada and to educate our children about their rights and responsibilities.

For more information and resources, see: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/index-eng.php

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