Gateway Gazette

National Child Day Celebrations Focus on the Right to Belong

Events held across the province

National Child Day logoChild and Youth Advocate Del Graff is encouraging all Albertans to participate in National Child Day activities across the province this week.

A number of events are being held including free swimming at City of Calgary pools, play and story times at Edmonton Public Libraries, and play day activities in Sylvan Lake and Medicine Hat.

“The right to belong is a fundamental need for all of us, especially children, and is a key factor for healthy growth and positive development,” said Del Graff. “When a young person feels they belong it builds confidence, creates a sense of identity and community, and sets a path to a positive future.”

For a listing of upcoming events or to learn more about National Child day and The Right…to Belong, go to the National Child Day collaborative website and click Regional Events: www.nationalchildday.ca.

It’s been over 25 years since the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Canada became a signatory to the UNCRC in May 1990 and ratified the document in 1991. The Convention enshrines a broad range of rights to health, safety, well-being and education for children. National Child Day commemorated the ratification of the UNCRC.

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is an independent office of the Legislature, representing the rights, interests and viewpoints of children and young people receiving designated government services.

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