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How did it start?

The first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day held on 4 August 1988 was led by community for community

In 1988, the first National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day was established on 4 August and was set against the backdrop of protests led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their supporters during the bicentennial year. A day was needed to celebrate our children, to give them confidence and make them feel special and included. 

Children’s Day has grown every year, becoming a major event in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and community organisations. In communities throughout Australia this special day has been celebrated with activities such as cultural events, open days, arts and crafts, storytelling, face painting, concerts, morning teas and community barbecues. SNAICC organises a national launch for Children’s Day, held at a different location each year.

Every year the wider community has increasingly taken the lead in celebrating Children’s Day with amazing and diverse celebrations across the country. Each year SNAICC produces and distributes resources to help local communities and organisations celebrate the day, including 15,000 Children’s Day bags and other resources to support over 500 community events across Australia.