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Media Release

3 August 2006

Statement by SNAICC Chairperson Ms Muriel Bamblett for National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day, 4 Friday 2006.

National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day, 4 Friday 2006

Celebrating Indigenous Culture Across the Land

All across Australia this Friday communities will celebrate National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (NAICD). On the Gold Coast 600 children will gather to enjoy cultural activities, Aboriginal dancers, wildlife talks and exhibits; in Hobart kids will enjoy traditional foods, including mutton bird, at a children’s cultural activity day; in Geelong the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Milla Milla playgroup is organising cultural face painting, boomerang and clap stick painting and a mural for kids to do; while in Port Adelaide children’s services are holding a ‘stay and play day’ in child care for parents and their kids.

Organised each year by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), the theme for 2006 is ‘My Culture is Me – I am Proud and Strong’.

SNAICC Chairperson Muriel Bamblett, AM said, “The theme highlights the positive influence of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child’s culture on their wellbeing.”

She added, “We need to tell our Indigenous kids that they are valued and loved and that their culture is valued and respected. The best protection we can offer any child is to give them a sense of belonging. Culture can provide that sense of belonging and through that belonging, resilience.”

“On this year’s Children’s Day rural, remote and urban communities will celebrate culture with strength, pride and confidence. Children’s services, schools and community groups are being encouraged to hold activities that bring kids and families together to share stories, experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, showcase Indigenous arts, dance and music and build pride amongst Indigenous children in their culture.” Ms Bamblett said.

This year, SNAICC has used positive images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families for its annual Children’s Day poster and produced an Activities Kit to assist children’s services, schools and others to organise community events. SNAICC will also launch a gallery of children’s artwork on its website at www.snaicc.asn.au/children this Friday.

Ms Bamblett said, “The day is typified by the efforts of small community services such as Gurlongga Njininj MACS in Perth where the kids will create a mural on the day’s theme using natural materials, vegetation, calico, and hand-prints. As the Prime Minister said recently in reference to reconciliation it is the many small things that make a big difference.”

“On August 4 2006 hundreds of small services will be making a big difference to the well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children,” Ms Bamblett said.

For media inquiries, contact:

Muriel Bamblett – SNAICC Chairperson (03) 9489 8099

Julian Pocock – SNAICC Executive Officer (03) 9489 8099


You can download the full text pdf version of this media release here.

2006 Children's Day Events

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