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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, 4 August

by Simon Black on 2020-08-03T08:33:00+10:00 in Indigenous Understanding [ACCP] | Comments

2020 Theme:

Whether as holders of traditional knowledge or working to uphold the rights and improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Elders are often called upon to provide reassurance, comfort and hope.

This years theme highlights the uniqueness and importance of the knowledge and wisdom of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, starting in childhood. Hearing children’s voices today plays a crucial role in their development towards being influential Elders and leaders of the future. SNAICC (2020).

History of Children’s Day:

In 1988, the first National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day was established on 4 August and was set against the backdrop of protests led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their supporters during the bicentennial year. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples felt a day was needed to celebrate our children, to give them confidence and make them feel special and included.

The date 4 August was historically used to communally celebrate the birthdays of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were taken from their families at a young age, without knowing their birthday – the Stolen Generations. SNAICC (2020).


Children’s Day ambassador:

Each year, an ambassador is chosen to help promote and celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. Previous Children’s Day ambassadors have included Patty Mills, Adam Goodes, Shelley Ware, Gail Mabo and "Nanna" Ningali Lawford-Wolf.

This year we celebrate young Jedda, a Wurundjeri and Kalkadoon girl. Hearing children’s voices today plays a crucial role in them growing up to being influential Elders and leaders of the future.

Source: SNAICC YouTube. (Producer). (2020). We are the Elders of tomorrow – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day 2020. [Online video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63dsLW9Pmg8&feature=emb_logo


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