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Help celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day

30 Jul 2012

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (NAICD).

NAICD is held on 4 August each year to celebrate the importance and value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children within family and community.

This year’s theme is Our Children, Our Culture, Our Way. The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) will hold the national launch of children’s day in Melbourne on 3 August, with local events planned in communities and organisations across the nation.

The event is getting bigger every year — in 2011 SNAICC distributed over 1200 National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day kits and other resources to help local communities and organisations celebrate the day.

In 2012,  a range of materials for National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s day are available,  including an activity book, poster, balloons, stickers and adhesive tattoos — all packed in a bright yellow book bag. There is a bag especially for children and another for grown-ups.

To mark the special 25th anniversary, The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Childcare (SNAICC) will also publish a coffee table book featuring a collection of beautiful photos sent in from across Australia.
 Our Children, Our Culture, Our Way. Link to the SNAICC website.

Find out more

Read Minister Macklin's media release.

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national non-government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. To find out more about SNAICC visit their website.

To be part of this celebration, register your own National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day 2012 event. Registration is free and fast.  Register online, or download a registration form and fax it to (03) 9489 8044.

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) provides secretariat to SNAICC under its Parenting Appropriation. Since June 2009 FaHCSIA has also funded the SNAICC Resource Service.

In 2010 The Department of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations provided additional secretariat funding for three years from the Child Care Service Support Program.