Children’s Day offers Australia the chance to centre, and focus on what’s really important
As Australia celebrated National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on Sunday, SNAICC – National Voice for our Children Chair Muriel Bamblett said “Every parent and grandparent – and uncle and auntie and carer – will tell you that the children in their lives are their absolute priority. That’s something we all share. Children’s Day is a perfect time for us to centre ourselves and celebrate what’s really important.”
The 2019 theme for Children’s Day, which has been co-ordinated by SNAICC for over 30 years, is We Play, We Learn, We Belong, recognising the vital role that learning in the early years – in all forms – plays in the development and futures of children.
Over 600 communities across the country held events over the weekend to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, with 15,000 Children’s Day bags distributed across Australia.
Celebrated on 4 August each year, Children’s Day is a special day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families to celebrate the strengths of culture in raising strong children. It is also a way for all Australians to show their respect and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children as well as learn about the crucial role that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
“Children’s Day is an important day for all of us, but it’s a really significant day for our communities and particularly our children,” Ms Bamblett said.
For more information about National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, please see here.