National Child Day: Contest for Kids and Youth

National Child Day: Contest for Kids and Youth

November 8, 2023

Kids and youth ages 3 - 18 from member Nations, we want to hear from you! Enter our National Child Day contest by illustrating what Child Rights mean to you. Print out a contest template from below, write out one of your rights, then submit your artwork to enter our contest. Get creative with your submissions!

Winners will be randomly selected on November 20, 2023. Please include the artist’s name and age with the submission as there are prizes available for different age groups:

  • 3 - 5 years
  • 6 - 8 Years
  • 9 - 12 years
  • 13 - 18 years

One entry per person is permitted. There are two ways to submit:

  1. Take a picture of your submission and upload it in the comments on the Facebook post OR
  2. Email your submission to Dawne at

Deadline to submit is November 19.

Click to download the templates:

Template 1

Template 2

If you don't have access to a printer, you can re-create the template for your submission; however, the creation must include the same elements (eg. outline of a person and inclusion of a right written out).

Examples of Child Rights

“I have the right to…”

  • Practice my culture and language
  • Good education
  • Health care
  • Play and rest
  • Special education and care for my disability 


About National Child Day

November 20 is National Child Day, a day that recognizes our country's commitment to upholding the rights of children as mandated in the 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

All children in Canada have rights written out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The four key princples of these rights include:

  1. Non-discimination: The rights of all children must be respected without discrimination of any kind.
  2. The best interests of the child: When decisions are made that affect the lives of children, the Convention says that it is very important to think about what is best for the child.
  3. The right to life and development: The Convention says that governments should do their best to help children live and grow to be the best they can be.
  4. Participation: Children have the right to give their opinions in all matters that affect them and to have their voices heard. Children's views should always be taken seriously, no matter their age.

(Government of Canda, 2023)


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