National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
We play, we learn, we belong!
We play on our land.
We learn from our ancestors.
We belong with our communities.
In 2019, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is celebrating the early years, and promoting the importance of early years education and care for our little ones. We recognise the critical role that family, community, country and culture play in their development. And we will continue to fight for better access to culturally appropriate early childhood education for our children through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
Our 2019 Ambassador is Nanna from the animated children’s series Little J & Big Cuz. We are delighted to have Nanna representing Children’s Day this year.
Children’s Day has been celebrated on the 4th of August for more than 30 years. It’s a special time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to celebrate our children, and for all Aussies to learn about our cultures.
Around the 4th of August, schools, kinders and communities run Children’s Day events. On this website you can get ideas for how to run a Children’s Day event, and register your event so we can see Children’s Day growing each year across the nation. We sell Children’s Day bags with fun toys and activities for kids to play with at your event.
We can also send you posters to promote Children’s Day and we will have a video of Nanna that you can show at your event.
If you’d like to find more information about how to celebrate Children’s Day or how to organise an event, please visit the Aboriginal Children’s Day website.
About SNAICC – National Voice for our Children
Children’s Day is led by SNAICC – National Voice for our Children (SNAICC). SNAICC is the national non-government peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. We work for the fulfilment of the rights of our children, in particular to ensure their safety, development and well-being.
Aboriginal Education Consultative Group
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