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

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry • CBC Kids News • Published 2020-11-20 05:59

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)

CBC Kids News contributor Arjun Ram is hosting a live event on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. ET where kids and special guests from across the country will talk about their rights and what it means for kids to be “seen and heard.”

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

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About the Contributor

Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara Chaudry 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 16-year-old from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred and Dana's older sister on Dino Dana. She was also the voice of Parvana in The Breadwinner, the feature film nominated for an Oscar, along with the Golden Globe and Canadian Screen awards.

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