SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, is proud to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) on 4 August.
As the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, our theme for Children’s Day 2020 is: We are the Elders of tomorrow, hear our voice.
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.
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,” said SNAICC Chair, Muriel Bamblett – a proud Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrun woman.
We want to celebrate the unique knowledge and wisdom of our peoples, starting in childhood. Our children are future custodians of our cultures, and it is essential that their voices are heard today if they are to become the leaders of tomorrow.”
Since 1988, 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.
This year, our Children’s Day video features young Wurundjeri and Kalkadoon warrior Jedda with Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di, and voices of our children from across Australia.
Like Jedda, we want our children to grow up strong, proud of their identities,” said SNAICC CEO, Richard Weston, who understands the importance of healing for our children.
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.”
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 are taking place across the country in early years services, schools, communities and at home. SNAICC has 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.
From storytelling with Elders, bush medicine and craft making to flag raising, yarning circles and more, we encourage all Australians to find innovative ways to embrace this special day to support our children – the Elders of tomorrow.”– Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett, SNAICC Chairperson
Find out more about National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 2020
Media release 4 August 2020: Australia celebrates our Elders of tomorrow on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 2020