Previous National Aboriginal and Islander
Children's Day Themes – 1988 to 2001
NAICD has focussed on themes ranging from child poverty, the forced
removal of children from families, access to education, cultural
pride and inheritance, the importance of elders in the lives of
children and investing in a better future for children.
NAICD focussed on the issue of the Stolen Generations and demanded
a national inquiry into the forced removal of Indigenous children
from their families. Through NAICD SNAICC became the first national
organisation to call for such an inquiry and campaigned tirelessly
until the Federal Government announced in 1995 that an inquiry would
The final report by the
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) inquiry, Bringing
Them Home, placed the issue of the Stolen Generations at the
centre of the reconciliation process. Ten years after SNAICC first
called for the inquiry on NAICD 1991 the issue of the Stolen Generations
has gone from being known by very few Australians to being known
by literally all Australians.
Not satisfied that the
issues had merely been raised on NAICD in 1997
SNAICC demanded a full and proper response to the Bringing Them
Home report. This included reparation for those directly affected
and a complete overhaul of the current child protection systems
which continue to remove Indigenous children at over 6 times the
rate of other Australian children.
" We are watching and learning from you -
make us proud of all you do "
This was the theme for
2001 and it challenges individuals, organisations
and governments to remember that children learn from observing their
behaviour. Too often children witness behaviour which carries messages
of violence, neglect and indifference instead of love, respect,
reconciliation, support and encouragement.
SNAICC challenges all organisations
and individuals to think about the example they set for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander children. Children who can take pride
in the people around them will grow up to respect their elders,
value their cultural heritage and strengthen their communities.
The theme for National
Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NAICD), August 4th, recognised
that 2002 was the 15th anniversary of NAICD and
the 20th anniversary of SNAICC. The 2002 poster was distributed
to over 1,200 Indigenous community organisation and featured all
of the previous years posters.
See also Previous
NAICD themes 2002 onwards
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