National Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Children’s Day

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We Play, We Learn, We Belong

In 2019, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day celebrates the early years and promotes 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.

Children’s Day has been celebrated on 4 August for more than 30 years. It’s a special time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to celebrate children, and for all Australians to learn about Indigenous and Torres Strait Island cultures.

Join the party

Each year more than 500 Children’s Day events are held around the nation. Hold an event at your workplace, school or kindergarten, or in partnership with a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation or community. Register your event.

Celebration ideas

Event 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.

Here are some more ideas

The website has more ideas for an event at your library including:

• Invite children to create their own paintings and artworks about the Children’s Day theme, We Play, We Learn, We Belong
• Organise an open day or morning tea
• Organise a children’s picnic or activities in a local park
• Invite Elders, families and their children together for storytelling and cultural activities
• Hold a flag raising ceremony with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
• Tell your local newspapers, radio and television stations about library services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
• Organise sporting events or competitions for children and young people
• Invite local leaders, politicians and Elders to the library on Children’s Day.

Hold your event on 4 August, or in the week before or after National Aboriginal and Torres Strait island Children’s Day at your convenience. If you can’t host your own event invite your community to host an event at the library to join in the celebration!

Resources page

The Resources page includes 2019 video, special launch clip that you can show at your Children’s Day event, poster, web banner, A3 activity sheet and more.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day poster

Like SNAICC on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest Children’s Day news.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Queensland

Visit the State Library of Queensland website for resources, events and collections of interest to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people and others interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island related matters.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages page has some great resources. The list of words can help you learn to say g’day in language this International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Indigenous Family History information is also available.

For assistance please contact ic@slq.qld.gov.au.