National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is held every year on August 4th. It's an opportunity for the whole community to celebrate our children and each year, mob from all over the country host and attend events focused on kids, culture, family and community.

Children’s Day is organised and promoted by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) which is the national organisation that provides a voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and promotes their rights, safety and wellbeing.

Children’s Day was first held in 1988. Part of the reason it was started was because there were many of our children in orphanages and institutions who did not know their birthday, so Children’s Day was set aside each year to celebrate the birthday of these children.

The day was also needed to give Aboriginal children “confidence and make them feel special and included.” Over the years the day has grown, with more and more events such as morning teas, community BBQs and other celebrations being held.


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