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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 2022



National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is the national day dedicated to celebrating our children.


Children’s Day is celebrated across the country each year on 4 August.


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to celebrate the strength and culture of our children.


On 4 August, all Australians have the opportunity to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as learn about the crucial role that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.


Children’s Day 2022 theme “My Dreaming, My Future”

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born into stories of their family, culture, and Country. They carry with them the songlines of their ancestors and culture, passed down by generations. Their Dreaming is part of our history, while their futures are their own to shape.


This Children’s Day, we are asking our children what Dreaming means to them, learning how they interpret this in their lives and identity, and hearing what their aspirations are for the future.


History of Children’s Day

In 1988, the first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait 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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples decided a day was needed to celebrate our children, to grow their confidence and help them feel special and included.


The date 4 August was historically used to communally celebrate the birthdays of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were taken from their families at a young age, without knowing their birthday – the Stolen Generations.


To get involved with Children’s Day, and for more information, visit: https://www.aboriginalchildrensday.com.au/

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