The Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH) is dedicated to promoting the health, well being and rights of all children and youth in Canada through monitoring, education, and advocacy.
CICH has an outstanding history of developing and implementing initiatives to enhance public awareness and understanding of issues impacting children’s health. We carry out research, we make policy recommendations, and develop resources to help communities improve the health and development of their children. It is fair to say that we have positively touched the life of virtually every child in Canada. In our promotion of healthy development in safe and caring environments, we focus on healthy pregnancyand childbirth, on protection against factors which may negatively affect children’s health and development, on ongoing monitoring of the health of Canada’s children, and on advocacy of measures to improve Canada’s successes in these areas.
National Child Day
In 1993, National Child Day was proclaimed by the Government of Canada to commemorate the United Nations’ adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989. The Convention spells out the basic human rights to which children and youth everywhere are entitled.
In ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. Celebrating National Child Day is about celebrating children as active participants in their own lives and communities and as citizens who can and should meaningfully contribute to the decisions that affect their lives. It is a day to remember that children need love and respect to grow to their full potential. It is a day to celebrate the family and think about how adults affect the development of children close to them. We have much to celebrate in our children. Across Canada, children and youth are making a difference by leading environmental campaigns, contributing to development projects around the world, acting as peer mentors to keep school playgrounds safe, and finding countless other ways to help shape their communities.

For more information visit
www.cich.ca or contact Janice Sonnen at cichgala@gmail.com or (613) 709-1209.