Archive: Jul 2014

Get involved with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is held annually to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their strengths, and their connections to culture, as well as to acknowledge the efforts of all those who work with our children and families.

In 2014, SNAICC, the National peak body for Aboriginal Children is asking for your help to draw attention to issues around the wellbeing and protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and highlight the crucial role that culture plays in keeping them safe.

Each year SNAICC produces and sends out resources to help organisations, services, schools and communities celebrate this very special day in their own way.  This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific and mainstream services, organisations and other bodies.

The 2014 Theme

The theme in 2014 is Kids in Culture – Strong, Proud, Resilient.

The theme aims to:

  • Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their strengths and their connections to culture, and
  • Draw attention to the wellbeing and protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and highlight the crucial role that culture plays in keeping children safe.

We all want our children to grow up safe and healthy in a close connection with their family and culture.

However, today Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are ten times more likely to be in out-of-home care than non-Aboriginal children.  In fact, since the 1997 inquiry into the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families (Stolen Generations), child removal has increased by 400 percent.

That is why SNAICC has decided that this year’s Children’s Day will be all about celebrating the importance of connection to culture plays in a child’s safety, development and wellbeing.  To make the most of their opportunities Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children must be able to stand proud and tall in their identity.

For information and to order resources, visit the SNAICC website.

NAIDOC Week 2014: 6-13 July

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around the country each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAPCAN encourages all Australians to share and acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation. Let us join together to celebrate the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week 2014 (6-13 July).

National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs Anne Martin and Ben Mitchell said “This year’s theme Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe.”

The week will conclude with the presentation of the National NAIDOC Awards at a ceremony and ball event on the Gold Coast on Friday 11 July.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Indigenous artists, scholars, sportspeople, Elders and community members across the country. There are 10 award categories, including the Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets for the event are now sold out but you can catch the broadcast on NITV on Saturday 19 July at 7:30 pm AEST.

For more information on NAIDOC Week and to find out what events are taking place near you, visit www.naidoc.org.au.