National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is the largest national day to celebrate our children. Children’s Day is celebrated across Australia each year on 4 August.
Children’s Day is a time to for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their 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 child.
Value Our Rights, Respect Our Culture, Bring Us Home
The theme for Children’s Day 2017 is Value Our Rights, Respect Our Culture, Bring Us Home.
This year Children’s Day recognises the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them Home report and the many benefits children experience when they are raised with strong connections to family and culture.
Published in 1997, the seminal Bringing them Home report exposed the violations of fundamental human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities through the policies and practices of the Stolen Generations.
Acknowledging this important milestone in our communities, we tie our theme of Children’s Day 2017 to that of the SNAICC National Conference.