National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

Held on 4 August each year, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate their youngest generations – their achievements, voices, and culture.

The theme of this year’s Children’s Day is Value Our Rights, Respect Our Culture, Bring Us Home, which recognises the 20th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report. In 1997, the Bringing Them Home report tabled in Federal Parliament exposed the far-reaching extent of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.  

This National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day presents an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the landmark Bringing Them Home report and to celebrate the strength, resilience, cultures and languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

This year, the State Library’s Indigenous Services team celebrates Aboriginal language revitalisation amongst the youngest members of our communities with the launch of My Weekend with Pop: Stories in Aboriginal Languages, an online storybook and educational resource for students and teachers showcasing the diversity of Aboriginal languages in NSW. The resources were developed in partnership with speakers from 5 different Aboriginal language groups (and NSW Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests) including Dharawal, Gumbaynggirr, Gamilaraay, Paakantyi and Wiradjuri.

On this National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, be sure to check out the My Weekend with Pop website!

 

a woman smiling to a young man speaking with a microphone on a stage

Rhonda Ashby and her nephew Creed Gordon at the launch of My Weekend with Pop. Rhonda Ashby is the Aboriginal Language and Culture Nest Teacher of Gamilaraay/ Yuwaalaraay/ Yuwaalayaay based at the Lightning Ridge Central School. She is a passionate educator whose work focuses on passing on the knowledge of Elders who inspired her to educate and empower the next generation. 

 

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