Elders of tomorrow celebrated on National Children’s Day

by Freya Lucas

August 05, 2020

SNAICC – National Voice for our Children proudly celebrated National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) held yesterday, 4 August.

 

In 2020, the theme of “We are the Elders of tomorrow, hear our voice” acknowledged the role that children play as future custodians of First Nations cultures, and the importance of their voices being heard today if they are to become the leaders of tomorrow.

 

“Our Elders are the holders of traditional knowledge, working to uphold the rights and improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our Elders are often called upon to provide reassurance, comfort and hope, especially in times of uncertainty,” SNAICC Chair and proud Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung woman Muriel Bamblett said.

 

“Passing on our traditions from generation to generation over thousands of years is why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are some of the oldest on earth,” she added.

 

Children’s Day celebrates the unique knowledge and wisdom of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, starting in childhood, and has been marked since 1988. 

 

The date, 4 August, was chosen to communally celebrate the birthdays of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people taken from their families at a young age – the Stolen Generations.

 

“We want our children to grow up strong, proud of their identities,” SNAICC CEO Richard Weston said.

 

“Now is the time more than ever to support our young people as we navigate new challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and our fight for justice,” he added.

 

Children’s Day is a chance for all Australians to celebrate and embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and show our support for our children, families and communities.

 

More than 600 events and celebrations took place across the country in early years services, schools, communities and at home. SNAICC delivered 15,000 Children’s Day bags across Australia – to remote communities on the Tiwi and Torres Strait islands, Arnhem Land and Western Australia, as well as cities and regions across all states and territories, supporting the celebrations. 

 

Find out more about National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 2020 here.

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