Previous Children's Days Themes and Material
– 2002 to 2006
National Aboriginal and
Islander Children's Day (NAICD) is an annual event celebrated on
August 4th each year, having been established by SNAICC in 1988.
Each year, SNAICC has
a theme for Children's Day to highlight a signficant issue, concern
or hope for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
See also Previous
NAICD Themes 1988–2001
2006 Children's Day Theme
My Culture is
Me: I am Proud and Strong
This year SNAICC has chosen
a theme that emphasises the positive influence of an Aboriginal
or Torres Strait Islander child's culture on their well-being. SNAICC
knows that culture makes children strong, proud and confident.
On this year's NAICD, celebrate children and culture with strength,
pride and confidence.
An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child must be given the
opportunity to allow their culture and spirituality to develop and
emerge during their childhood as cultural identity and a sense of
belonging can guide and protect them through adolescence and adulthood.
SNAICC has once again
published a national poster on the year's theme. We have mailed
copies of the poster, the NAICD leaflet, and stickers to all our
members and subscribers. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's
services also received a Children's Activity Kit, which has ideas
for kids' activities that celebrate their culture and identity.
If you would like to order
further copies of this year's NAICD material, please contact
the SNAICC office.
For media inquiries,
– SNAICC Chairperson (03) 9489 8099
– SNAICC Executive Officer (03) 9489 8099
can download the full text pdf version of this media release here.
Children's Day Events
If you would like to receive
NAICD posters, resources and other material in future years, please
contact the SNAICC office.
2005 Children's Day Theme
Foster and Kinship
Connected to Community, Family and Culture
This year on National
Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (NAICD), SNAICC will
celebrate the critical role and fabulous work of foster and kinship
carers who support kids and keep them in touch with their Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander community, family and culture. Making
sure kids in care stay connected to their families and culture is
the birth right of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait children. Children
in foster or kinship care deserve and need stability, family connection,
cultural strength and the same love, support and affection all children
SNAICC’s view is that the best models of foster and kinship
care work hand in hand with families to ensure children learn about
and develop healthy relationships with their birth family. Children
and young people in care have the right to know their family and
During 2005, SNAICC advocated for increased support for foster,
relative and kinship carers – the best volunteers a community
can have. (See our policy paper on this issue here.)
The 2005 NAICD poster and pamphlet were distributed through SNAICC's
You can view the 2005
NAICD poster (244 KB)
NAICD pamphlet (352 KB)
2004 Children's Day Theme
- One Chance
take a chance on our future - invest in our future leaders
For 2004 SNAICC chose
a theme to reflect the importance of the early years of a child’s
life and the profound impact childhood experiences have on children’s
long term development. Since it was established SNAICC has advocated
that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children should have
access to early childhood and child care programs which reflect
Indigenous culture and family values. Ensuring Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children know, value and feel pride in their culture
is critical. Early childhood programs and services have a particularly
important role to play in supporting children to develop their self
confidence and cultural identity.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are far less likely
than other Australia children to have access to early childhood
services and programs. With the rapidly increasing size of the Indigenous
population this situation may decline further. The theme for 2004
highlights that increased investment in children’s development
is urgently required to foster the development of the next generation
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.
View the 2004 poster and
Children's Day Poster
Children's Day Leaflet
2003 Children's Day Theme
Not Now - Not Then
- Not Ever
No Excuses - Speak
Up Against Child Abuse
Break the Silence - Protect
the Kids - Heal the Perpetrators
SNAICC, the Secretariat
of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, has campaigned against
child abuse for over two decades. Now more than ever as Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people we must take a stand to protect
our children. Child abuse and violence have no place in Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander culture. Take a stand your children -
speak up against child abuse.
in the Sand - A Path to Self determination
"Celebrating 20 years
of independent advocacy and community development for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander children and families. "
SNAICC encourages all
Indigenous organisations to make plans for celebrating Children's
Day each year on August 4th to recognise the achievements that organisations
and communities have made at the local level in caring for their
For more information regarding
National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day contact SNAICC.
See also Previous
NAICD Themes 1988–2001
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