Celebrate National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day
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The hopes, achievements and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are being celebrated around Australia on Friday, August 4.
National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day will be the focus of hundreds of activities involving thousands of children, highlighting the importance of culture and community in the lives of young people.
More than 15,000 Children’s Day bags and posters have been sent out around the country to support the celebrations, with content focused on sharing culture and learning through fun and engaging activities.
This year SNAICC is excited to welcome the support of LEGO for Children’s Day, with the toy company donating sets for every bag.
LEGO is also supporting the national Children’s Day focus event in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, supplying the popular toy bricks and specialist play leaders for the celebrations.
SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle said the growing popularity of National Aboriginal and Islanders Children’s Day demonstrated the importance families and educators place on including cultural perspectives in early years education and care.
“It’s wonderful to see so many early years centres, schools and children’s services embracing the chance to celebrate and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the central role it plays in the lives of our children,” Ms Liddle said.
“It is also a day of awareness, to advocate for our children’s rights to grow up strong and healthy, connected to family, community and Country, with equity of opportunity.
“At SNAICC, we work every day to ensure our children have a bright future for their voices to pave a new path for our nation.”
SNAICC Chairperson Muriel Bamblett said this year’s Little Voices Loud Futures theme emphasised the importance of listening to children’s aspirations, hopes and dreams.
“Our call for the future is for our children to be proud of their heritage, be empowered and strengthened by their culture to speak their truth, to have a say on matters important to them and in the decisions that impact their lives.
“Our children deserve no less than Yes.”