Happy National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day!

Today is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families across Australia to celebrate their children’s strengths, culture and community, and an opportunity for all Australians to learn.

This year’s theme is ‘Value our Rights, Respect our Culture, Bring us Home’ and recognises the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them Home Report and the many benefits children experience when they are raised with strong connections to family and culture.

Published in 1997, the seminal Bringing them Home Report exposed the violations of fundamental human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities through the policies and practices of the Stolen Generations.

VACCA CEO Professor Muriel Bamblett explains that today is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children.

“This year’s theme recognises the importance of Culture, family and community and the positive impact that being connected to culture has for our children and young people,”

“National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is a time for our children and families to be proud and celebrate at their schools, early learning centers and with their family and community.”

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is hosting events in metropolitan Melbourne regions with music and cultural performances.

VACCA encourages people around the country to attend an event and share how you will be celebrating today.