National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is held on 4 August each year and is coordinated by the Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care.
It is a time for early childhood services and schools to celebrate the strengths and culture of Koorie children, as well as learn about the important role that community, culture and family play in the life of every Koorie child.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 2017
The theme for Children’s Day 2017 is
Value Our Rights, Respect Our Culture, Bring Us Home, in recognition of 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.
Resources for holding your own event
Early childhood services and schools are encouraged to hold their own event to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. For further information, and for resources and ideas:
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day website
Listen to Aunty Joy Murphy, who is a Wurundjeri Elder, share her Welcome to Country story
- Listen to Aboriginal students from Peninsula Specialist College, Dromana,
sing the Acknowledgement song they wrote about Bunjil the Eagle
National Voice for our Children is the national non-government peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. It works for the fulfilment of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, in particular to ensure their safety, development and well-being. It provides activities, tools and resources for children and family services
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency is the lead community controlled Aboriginal child and family welfare organisation in Victoria, protecting and promoting the rights of Aboriginal children and young people. They provide resources, programs and services that Aboriginal culture and encourage best parenting practices.
Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages is the peak body for Victorian Aboriginal languages, focussing on retrieving, recording and researching Aboriginal languages, and providing programs and educational tools to teach the Koorie and wider community about Victorian Aboriginal languages. They have resources including interactive digital storybooks.
Victorian Aboriginal Education Associated Incorporated is the peak Koorie community organisation for education and training in Victoria and is the Victorian Government’s principal partner in Koorie education including in the implementation of Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026
Koorie Kids Shine at Kindergarten – provides resources and video stories aimed at promoting the importance of and the benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children attending kindergarten.
Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum tells the story of survival and celebrates vibrant Koorie cultures through performances, storytelling, artwork and more.
Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square promotes, supports and celebrates the continuing journey of the Aboriginal people of South Eastern Australia.
Culture Victoria website includes Koorie artefacts, stories and artwork.
For more information on the Department of Education and Training’s early childhood initiatives see: