WATCH — Meet 2 Canadian teens fighting for children’s rights

Story by CBC Kids News • 2021-11-18 18:12

National Child Day is Nov. 20


Lucy Diaz is only a kid, but that doesn’t stop her from speaking up in front of adults about children’s rights.

The 15-year-old, from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, fights for those rights because she thinks it’s a “sad reality” that some kids are living without the fundamental things in life.

In her case, Lucy is pushing to make sure every kid with a disability has access to the resources they need.

She isn’t alone in the fight for children’s rights.

In fact, Lucy is one of many kid activists who work hard all year to have their voices heard.

And on Nov. 20, kids across the country will celebrate those efforts as part of National Child Day.

CBC Kids News contributor Arjun Ram, top left, hosted a panel discussion for National Child Day on Nov. 16 with Lucy Diaz, Lily Kurtz, Ispeeta Ahmed and Ziya Bhayani — members of Youth Canadians’ Parliament at Children First Canada. (Image credit: Children First Canada)

What is National Child Day?

Various organizations, like UNICEF Canada and Children First Canada, typically organize events to mark the annual occasion.

This special day matters because it acknowledges the rights that every Canadian kid is entitled to under international law.

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

Meet 2 young activists

CBC Kids News spoke to Lucy to find out more about her fight to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

We discovered that her sister has played a big part in motivating her.

Click play on the video below to find out more.

We also spoke to 15-year-old climate activist Amelia Penney-Crocker from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In 2020, Amelia wrote a letter a day to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about climate issues related to the news of the week.

Now she’s hoping to continue her advocacy by organizing protests with her local Fridays For Future group — a youth-led movement that fights against the lack of action on the climate crisis.

Watch this video to hear from Amelia and Lucy about their fight for children’s rights!

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TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Submitted by Lucy Diaz and Amelia Penney-Crocker, graphics by Philip Street/CBC

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