Key Messages

  1. Today we celebrate National Child Day by promoting this year’s theme of: “It’s Our Right…to Belong.” Creating a sense of belonging helps children to feel valued and able to fully participate and contribute in our community.
  2. A sense of belonging is important for each of us. It has been found to help protect children against mental health problems and improve their learning. A sense of belonging is also linked to developing resilience.
  3. This is the ability to recover from difficult experiences such as school failure, child abuse/neglect, teen pregnancy, poverty, and violence.
  4. We encourage all young people and their guardians to learn about the basic human rights young people are entitled to, and to take the time to participate in some of the events for National Child Day.
  5. The objectives of National Child Day are to reaffirm our commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and promote children’s initiatives across the country; and encourage child-related organizations to raise awareness of child rights.
  6. The CRC is the most comprehensive treaty in support of children.  It is signed and ratified by more nations than any other human rights document in history.
  7. Of the 192 countries who are members of the United Nations, only one has not ratified the CRC. (U.S.)
  8. This is a testament to its global importance and the underlying universal values it upholds.
  9. Although there is a specific day for NCD, we have an obligation to support children’s rights every day.
  10. Together with our partners, we encourage all Albertans to visit our website (www.nationalchildday.ca) to learn more about National Child Day.