Did you know that in the Alberta Capital Region, one of the most prosperous communities in Canada, more than 41,000 children live in poverty. That is enough children to fill Rexall Place two and half times. Each month more than 15,000 people in the Edmonton area receive support from local food banks, 53% of those assisted are households with children.
This is why it is so important to celebrate National Child Day, which takes place annually on November 20th to mark two historic events:
- The 1959 signing by Canada of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and
- Canada’s adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has been endorsed by more countries than any other human rights treaty in history; it outlines the basic human rights of children and the commitment that society makes to provide and protect those rights. It also acknowledges the key role that parents and families play in the life of children and youth. Most importantly it serves as a reminder that every child in our community deserves to grow up feeling happy, healthy and loved!
This year’s National Child Day celebration is gearing up to be a great event. The City of Edmonton and the YMCA of Edmonton have graciously opened up 12 pools across the city on Sunday, November 18th, so everyone can enjoy a FREE SWIM in celebration of Children’s Rights across the globe and to raise awareness of children who experience marginalization right here in the Edmonton area.
There will also be a special ceremony taking place at Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre on Sunday, November 18th at 1:30 pm. The Mayor will be on hand to Proclaim National Child Day in Edmonton and the City of Edmonton’s continued commitment to children and youth. Please join us for the event and enjoy a free swim!
For a list of pools and times and for more information on National Child Day events taking place throughout Edmonton please visit: www.successby6edmonton.info/national-child-day/