What is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day?
Each year on the 4th of August, schools, early learning services and communities around Australia are invited to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. Running for more than 30 years, this is the largest national day to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Children’s Day is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children, and a day for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and culture.
It is also an opportunity for us all to learn about and understand the crucial role that culture, family and community play in the life of every child.
In 2019, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is celebrating the early years, promoting the importance of early years education and care for our little ones, and focusing on this year’s theme: We Play, We Learn, We Belong.
- We play on our land.
- We learn from our ancestors.
- We belong with our communities.
How can you get involved?
It’s super easy for your school or early learning service to get involved in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day:
- Start by thinking of an activity you could do with your kids to celebrate the day. Or you could get your kids involved by asking them what they would like to do! For some ideas, click here.
- Once you’ve decided on what you’re going to do, register your event here.
- You can then let everyone in your community know what you’re doing and why. You could invite your community to join you and get involved in your celebrations, or encourage other people in your community to register for their own events.
This year National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day falls on a Sunday, so you could hold your event any day in the weeks before or after the 4th of August. To find out more about the day, including event ideas and celebration resources (such as promotional posters), visit the website: https://aboriginalchildrensday.com.au/
You can also purchase a Children’s Day bag that contains a book and toys for kids to play with at your event. Click here to find out more and to order your bag for only $6.
Here are some free activities to help you celebrate:
- Early learning Nature Craft
- Early learning – Nature’s Stories
- Year 3 & 4 – Celebrating Culture – Hilda’s Story
- Year 4-6 – Brave New Clan – People 1: Australia’s First Peoples
And again, don’t forget to register your event here!