National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day | 4 Aug 2022

My Dreaming. My Future.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is our national day dedicated to celebrating our children. Children’s Day is celebrated across the country each year on 4 August.

Children’s Day is a time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities and all Australians, celebrate the strengths and culture of our children. It is an opportunity for us to show our support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. 

Children’s Day 2022 theme –  ‘My Dreaming, My Future’

“Every child is born into a story. That story comes from their family’s history and ancestral connections. The Dreaming. That child must then shape that story into their own. Through created opportunities, whilst finding their place within family, community, and in society. Their Future.” SNAICC staff member

“My dreaming, my future is circular and endless, interconnected in the hearts and souls of my ancestors. My story and songlines are me, it is ancestors, my country and all that I belong to, and the future of my children and their children until eternity.” SNAICC staff member

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born into stories of their family, culture, and Country. They carry with them the songlines of their ancestors and culture, passed down by generations. Their Dreaming is part of our history, while their futures are their own to shape.

This Children’s Day, they are asking our children what Dreaming means to them, learning how they interpret this in their lives and identity, and hearing what their aspirations are for the future.

Get Involved:

Each year, hundres of early years and childhood education centres host events to celebrate Children’s Day. In 2021, more than 1,300 events were held around the nation. Your event can take place at your workplace, school or kindergarten, or in partnership with a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation or community.

Ideas include hosting a morning tea or a barbecue, cultural dancing, arts and craft sessions, cultural exchanges, concerts and performances, storytelling, competitions, sporting days, games and activities.

Children’s Day has been run annually since 1988 and is the initiative of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the SNAICC website or their Facebook page.

What:  National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

When:    4 August (every year)

Where:   Australia wide

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: SNAICC

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