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National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day 2013 - Right Here, Right Now. Our Rights Matter

11 April 2013 | SNAICC NEWS

National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (NAICD) is fast approaching. And this year it’s all about stepping up for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s rights.

Held on 4 August each year, NAICD celebrates the achievements and the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children within family and community.

This year’s theme is Right Here, Right Now. Our Rights Matter.

The theme seeks to support our children by increasing public awareness about:

  • major human rights concerns that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across the country; and
  • the unique rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children as First Peoples of this country.

It also aims to support local events to celebrate children, assist better understanding about what their rights mean and how communities can work better to ensure that all children have the opportunity to live these rights every day.

SNAICC wants to work with communities and organisations — Indigenous and non-Indigenous — to make sure this year’s children’s day is the biggest and most successful yet.

We hope that the day will provide the opportunity for Australians to come together to discuss issues critical issues impacting our children and work together to improve mutual understanding and to see change happen.

As in previous years, SNAICC will hold a national launch (in Melbourne) to celebrate the day and assist organisations across Australia to hold local events.

SNAICC is developing a range of resources for children and adults. These include:

  • a glossy National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day poster based on the theme;
  • a series of eight posters on child rights;
  • an educator’s guide on facilitating child rights workshops with children;
  • a children’s activity book to accompany the posters; and
  • children’s day goodies bag (including stickers, arm bands, pencils and more).

These resources will be available from June for purchase at low cost, with one set also provided free to SNAICC members.

Stay tuned to the SNAICC e-bulletin and for more details.

Child rights are everybody’s business. So get planning for your own community event on 4 August to celebrate National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day.

Celebrating children’s day, however, is just the first step. We’ll also be providing ideas to help your organisation develop a plan on how you can step up for children’s rights this year.

The time to step up is now!