The 4th of August is
National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day
NAICD TV ad 2013 is here!
Here is our gallery of NAICD posters dating back to 1988
The 4th of August is National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day
The 2013 theme is
"Right Here, Right Now, Our Rights Matter"
"… we walked through the rainforest, collated nature and made nature hangings… the mums did traditional weaving and the kids did more games. The kids went to sleep in the bus and the mothers were smiling ear to ear. It was the best day." Bunjum Aboriginal Co-op
"National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day provided an excellent opportunity to promote the importance of children within our community. A specific day for our children was GREAT!!"
- Eidsvold Aboriginal Children's Activities Playgroup, QLD
National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NAICD) is a celebration of our children. Held on 4 August each year, NAICD was first observed by SNAICC in 1988. Each year SNAICC produces and sends out resources to help you celebrate NAICD.
This year’s theme for NAICD is: Right Here, Right Now. Our Rights Matter. Through this theme, we seek to raise awareness about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s rights.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children too often still experience devastating realities across diverse areas of health, housing, education, care and protection, and removal from their homes and communities. In 2012, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the expert UN body mandated to monitor state parties compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, expressed particular concern about the serious and widespread discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Significant energy and resources are being invested in change. However, improvements continue to be hampered by the failure of our systems, processes and programs to draw on evidence of what works: local participation and ownership driving outcomes, holistic strategies responding to the causes of the problem, solutions coming from a strengths based approach within culture, and responsiveness to local context.
This year’s NAICD focus seeks to support outcomes through increasing public awareness about:
How can you help organise an event, raise awareness and celebrate this year’s NAICD theme in a way that is relevant and meaningful for your community?
SNAICC has developed a series of child rights resources for both children and adults.
These resources include:
These resources are now available for purchase at low cost to use as part of NAICD events and celebrations. Please visit the SNAICC Resource Shop to purchase these resources.
Some examples of the child rights poster series:
Ensuring child rights is everybody’s business. We hope that this year’s NAICD theme will provide space for people to come together and discuss children’s rights issues, to work together to improve mutual understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s rights, and to band together to protect these rights.
The 2013 NAICD theme seeks to create a space for discussion about children’s rights and the importance of rights in ensuring positive development outcomes for children. This year’s NAICD aims to support local communities in better understanding about what children’s rights mean and ways communities can work better to ensure that all children have the opportunity to live these rights every day.
Here is a list of suggestions for supporting this year’s NAICD celebrations and promoting child rights:
All those who support children, including early childhood services, teachers, educators, foster carers, welfare workers, policy makers and government are encouraged to take a break from their normal routine and organise activities involving children and families. Such local events celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and reinforce how important it is for their wellbeing to be connected to culture.
Read more about how to register your event and see examples of past events here.
Register your NAICD event, then send us your pictures and words for inclusion on our website, in the SNAICC e-bulletin and SNAICC News.
As SNAICC's flagship event, NAICD draws attention to SNAICC's priorities for our children and families. Each year, the theme for NAICD has highlighted a significant issue, concern or hope for the year. We are proud of the story the themes tell about our work since 1998.
Past NAICD themes are captured in the NAICD posters - beautiful, powerful posters showing the passion and heart of our organisation and communities.