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National Child Day

Canada celebrates National Child Day on November 20th. This day recognizes the rights of children and reflects the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This year’s theme is #8MillionStrong, recognizing Article 6 of the UNCRC, that every child has the right to survive and thrive. For more information on National Child Day and to find many resources to support this day, visit the Government of Canada’s National Child Day,, and UNICEF’s 5 Ways to Celebrate National Child Day

This year, is recognizing “the unique rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children – honouring the past, acknowledging the present, and igniting hope for the future.” This aligns with this year’s Canada History Week theme, Indigenous History, which takes place on November 22nd to 28th and will highlight stories of Indigenous languages, culture, and leadership while reflecting and engaging with Canada’s past. 

One notable story regarding children’s rights in Attawapiskat First Nation is that of Shannen Koostachin, who led the Attawapiskat School Campaign, advocating for a “safe and comfy” school, as all children deserve the right to safe and equitable education opportunities. Shannen’s dream lives on through the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.

For more on Shannen Koostachin and her story, check out Shannen’s dream 
from the LRC. This DVD and the book Shannen and the dream for a school by Janet Wilson can also be found in many of HCDSB’s school libraries. 

For a variety of other books that support National Child’s Day and highlight the rights of children, check out the bookshelf below for books available through the LRC and eBooks available through Sora: 

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