In 1988, the 4th of August was set aside as a special day for children of the Stolen Generations who were unsure of their actual date of birth, allowing all of these children to celebrate as one. This day was established to help them feel as celebrated and important as they are, and to encourage them to realise their value in their community.
Over the years, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day has evolved to become a day to celebrate all Indigenous children, no matter their story. It’s a day that encourages us all to consider the vital role that community, family and culture play in the lives of Indigenous children.
This year’s theme is: We are the Elders of tomorrow, hear our voice. The children of today will one day become the teachers, carers and nurturers. The sense of value and knowledge that they gain now will be passed on to future generations. This is part of what makes them such a vital part of the community, and it is the role of all of us to help them to realise just how important they are.
Our Elders are the holders of traditional knowledge, working to uphold the rights and improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our Elders are often called upon to provide reassurance, comfort and hope, especially in times of uncertainty.
We at Life Apparel celebrate the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and whole heartedly encourage all other Australians to join us. Let’s take a little time to highlight the vital role of culture and community in their lives, and in turn, in the cultural, environmental and social future of this country.
To find out more and for and a list of today’s events and celebrations, visit aboriginalchildrensday.com.au
(Quote and image sourced from aboriginalchildrensdaycom.au)