All around the country there are communities, schools, families and organisations getting prepared for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on the 4th August 2012. This year marks the 25th anniversary since children’s day was first celebrated. Like every year SNAICC has sent out hundreds of fun activity packs and resources to help communities celebrate.
Here are some great examples:
- In the Northern Territory at Ali Curung, the 4th of August will be celebrated with a big breakfast for all the family followed by a welcome to country and other great speeches. There will be Elders sharing their stories and a special poster competition for the children.
- Meanwhile in Mt Druitt in New South Wales, the Yenu Allowah Aboriginal Child and Family Centre is holding a photo exhibition that celebrates the importance of culture, community and connection in raising strong, proud children. The Centre is also giving out free disposable cameras so that all local families can capture memories of their mob that can be included in the exhibition.
- Further south in Bendigo, Victoria, children will be making cardboard boomerangs and decorating snakes at Dr Harry Litte Preschool. There will be storytelling and flag making as well as an opportunity to hear from a local family why their culture is so important.
- In Western Australia, the Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation Youth Centre has organised a big arts and craft day with workshops by local artist and a sports challenge held by the Geraldton Buccaneers. There will be a mini amazing race, a kool karaoke bus, face painting and much more. And, it’s all being broadcast live but their own regional Aboriginal radio station.
These are just a few of the many events being held to celebrate the special day!