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What is Children’s Day?

2017 Children’s Day National Launch Event. Photo: Ben Healley

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.

SNAICC – Celebrating Our Children for 30 Years

The theme for Children’s Day 2018 is SNAICC – Celebrating Our Children for 30 Years.

Our children are the youngest people from the longest living culture in the world, with rich traditions, lore and customs that have been passed down from generation to generation. Our children are growing up strong with connection to family, community and country. Our children are the centre of our families and the heart of our communities. They are our future and the carriers of our story.

This year, we invite communities to take a walk down memory lane, as we revisit some of the highlights of the last 30 years. Looking back on the last 30 years can only strengthen our spirits as we pave the way towards a better future for our children. We look back on the empowering protest movements instigated by community that had led to the establishment of the first Children’s Day on 4 August 1988. If you have celebrated Children’s Day at any time during the past 30 years, we would love to hear from you.