National Aboriginal and Islander Children's
Day - August 4th
National Aboriginal and
Islander Children's Day (NAICD) is celebrated on 4 August each year.
SNAICC encourages all
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations, mainstream
child and family welfare services, government agencies, schools,
preschools, child care services and any organisations with an interest
in children to celebrate National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s
children strong in culture: pathways to healing and revival
SNAICC Media Statement
on 2007 Children's Day
Read the Media statement
by SNAICC Chairperson Muriel Bamblett for this year's Children's
2007 Children's Day Media Release
2007 Children's Day Events
Find out what services
and organisations across the country are organising for this year's
National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day.
Day poster and other material now available
2007 Poster and other
This year, SNAICC has
used positive images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
for our annual NAICD poster and leaflet. They show our children
proud, happy and confident about who they are – children from
the oldest living cultures on earth. They illustrate this
year's theme wonderfully.
This material has already
been distributed free by SNAICC to our members and subscribers throughout
can order extra copies of posters and leaflets (free) online here.
You can also download
the poster and leaflet in PDF here:
NAICD Poster (756 KB)
NAICD Leaflet (722 KB)
Children's Activity Kit
SNAICC has produced another
Children's Activity Kit for this year's NAICD. These were distributed
to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's services across
the country. A limited number of printed kits are still available,
but only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
children's services. Please contact the NAICD
Project Officer to request a copy.
Alternatively, you can
download a PDF of the 2007 Activity Kit here.
Children's Activity Kit (1.8 MB PDF)
Children's Day Theme
strong in culture: pathways to healing and revival
A central part of SNAICC’s
advocacy has always been the importance of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children being raised in their culture. For an Aboriginal
or Torres Strait Islander child, culture is a source of strength,
resilience, happiness, identity and confidence. For some Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander children in particular, such as those
that are being raised away from their families, access to their
culture is critical as it provides a link to their heritage and
a source of strength and pride.
SNAICC encourages everyone with some role in raising Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander children to raise them strong in their
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture. Parents, grandparents,
uncles, aunties, cousins and other kin should talk to their children
about culture and spirituality, show pride in their cultural identity
and encourage children to do the same.
Foster parents, carers
and services working with our children should encourage children
to feel proud of their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity,
provide opportunities for children to participate in Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander cultural and community events and wherever
possible have contact with their family so they can learn about
their culture and heritage first hand. Strengthening our children’s
cultural identity is the best way to build their confidence.
Communities and families
that raise their children strong in culture create many pathways
to healing and revival: children develop confidence and pride in
themselves, their families and their culture; and communities grow
in pride and strength.
SNAICC is grateful to
the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services
and Indigenous Affairs for its financial support to SNAICC for producing
the 2007 Children's Day poster and related material.
The 2007 Children's
Activity Kit is produced with funding by the SNAICC
Resource Service and through a kind donation from OMEP
Australia (World Organisation for Early Childhood Education
The aim of NAICD is to
demonstrate how important children are to Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander communities. Through focussing on a different theme
each year, NAICD draws attention to the needs of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children and major issues SNAICC is pursuing
on their behalf.
Since NAICD was established
by SNAICC in 1988, SNAICC has produced posters and leaflets featuring
original artwork to represent the year's theme. At the local level,
community based children's services throughout the country such
as the AICCAs and MACS organise local celebrations and free activities
with a focus on children and families.
For more information regarding
National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day contact the SNAICC
Previous Year's Children's
Day Themes and Material
NAICD – information and themes – 2002 onwards
NAICD – information and themes – 1988–2001