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

4th Aug 2017

In celebrating National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on 4 August 2017 we are given an opportunity to recognise the strengths of our youngest First Peoples.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) was first held in 1988 against a backdrop of protest. 2017 marks the twenty-ninth occasion Children’s Day has been celebrated.

While the day now recognises an opportunity to reiterate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children that they are special, included and valued, it continues to represent a time to reflect on the barriers [the] kids face in enjoying their childhood.

Read more at http://www.snaicc.org.au/media-release-4-august-2017-national-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-childrens-day-recognises-value-culture-childrens-rights/

We thank Lisa Eastment, Mercy Community Services General Manager-Mission Integration, for bringing this special day to our attention. Ms Eastment says,

“The 4th August each year is a major event in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the country, in its own right. Children's Day is as important as NAIDOC or Reconciliation Week. Just as NAIDOC week is not just about celebrating dance, culture or music, as important as they are, so too is the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day. The origin of Children’s Day is also about struggle, rights, identity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and for their continued existence. By ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the right to raise their children, as they have successfully done for thousands of years.”