Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, children and youth have demonstrated extraordinary resilience and leadership. They have been leaders within their families, schools, communities – and even at a national level. There is no better time to recognize the enormous contributions of kids than on National Child Day.
This is an important occasion to reflect on the progress to date in implementing the rights of children in Canada and the challenges that remain. As we prepare for National Child Day 2021, we are particularly mindful of:
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Canada ratifying the UNCRC
The enormous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children in Canada and the support that they require to enjoy their rights to survive and thrive
The importance of acknowledging the unique rights of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit children, including honouring the past, acknowledging the present, and igniting hope for the future.
With that context in mind, the theme for National Child Day 2021 is #8MillionStrong, emphasizing the power and resilience of children and youth and their importance in Canadian society.
This event will be hosted by CBC Kids News Contributor Arjun Ram, featuring representatives from Children First Canada’s Young Canadians’ Parliament, and inspiring leaders from across Canada!
Arjun Ram, CBC Kids News Contributor
Elder Verna McGregor
Colonel Chris Hadfield, Canadian Astronaut (Ret'd), Engineer, Pilot and Author
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C., O.C., Member of the National Assembly of First Nations Elders Council, Residential "School" Survivor
Karen Joseph, CEO of Reconciliation Canada
Marissa Papaconstantinou, Canadian Paralympian
Jill Schnarr, Chief Social Innovation and Communications Officer, TELUS
Young Canadians' Parliament Members