WATCH — Do you know your rights? Kids speak out on National Child Day

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry and CBC Kids News • Published 2020-11-20 06:59

Rights list is long and protected by law

The next time you’re put in a situation that doesn’t feel fair or safe, remember this: kids in Canada have rights — and those rights are protected by an international law.

According to a recent poll by Children First Canada, 44 per cent of Canadian kids don't know they have rights.

What are rights? Basically, they’re a list of things you’re allowed to be, do or have.

That list is laid out in a document called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The international agreement was made official 30 years ago and signed by almost 200 countries, including Canada.

Those rights are celebrated every Nov. 20, also known as National Child Day in Canada.

Document lists all of the articles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

An alliance of organizations that help kids called Children First Canada put together this document as a way to explain what rights Canadian kids are entitled to. (Image credit: Children First Canada)

Examples of your rights

What are some of the rights listed on that international agreement? Here’s a sample.

You have the right to:

Watch the video to learn more about those rights, and others.

You’ll also meet four Canadian teens who are fighting to have their rights honoured.

Interested in watching profile videos featuring Canadian teen activists? Check out these links:

TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Graphic design by Philip Street/CBC

About the Contributor

Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, whether it's within her community, on the big screen, or in her role as a CBC Kids News contributor. The Grade 12 student from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred, Dana's older sister on Dino Dana, and Martina Crowe on The Mysterious Benedict Society. Outside of film and media, Saara is an award-winning international debater and public speaker. She is the current Ontario Debate and Public Speaking Champion. She is also a vociferous advocate for gender and racial equality, as well as girls' education. Saara was recently appointed a UNICEF Canada Youth Advocate in 2020.

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