Celebrate National Child Day November 20

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Published: 2021-11-05

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November 20 is National Child Day, a day to celebrate child rights!

All children in Canada up to the age of 18 have rights, below are only a few examples. All your rights are written in a document called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Visit National Child Day on Canada.ca to learn more about your rights!

Some of the articles are highlighted below.

  • Every child from birth to 18 has these rights. (article 1)
  • You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to keep you healthy. (article 24)
  • You have the right to play and rest. (article 31)
  • If you are in conflict with the law, you have the right to legal help and fair treatment in the criminal justice system that respects your rights. (article 40)
  • You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can. (article 28)
  • You have the right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in this Convention, so that you can live a full life. (article 23)
  • You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously. (article 12)
  • You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn't harmful to others. (article 15)
  • You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion - or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right. (article 30)

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