Aboriginal Children's Day
Today is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. Children’s Day, as it is known, is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and learn about the vital impact that culture, family and community play in their lives. The theme for this year’s Children’s Day is We are the Elders of tomorrow, hear our voice.
The first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day took place in 1988. It is celebrated every year on August 4, historically to give a date to the children of the Stolen Generations, taken at a young age from their families without knowing their birthdays.
At SCHN, we recognise that the events of the past continue to cause pain and suffering for Aboriginal people and communities today. We know that further uncomfortable conversations and action is required to truly heal the wounds of our shared history. By endorsing the Uluru Statement of the Heart we are committed to progressing this while we work passionately towards closing the gap in health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.
SCHN’s Aboriginal Health Management Advisor, Mick Scarcella says that whilst many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are thriving and growing up strong in their cultures, with support from their families and communities, there are a significant number who continue to face ongoing challenges stemming from colonisation and its effects, such as discrimination, poverty, intergenerational trauma, dislocation from land and culture and community disempowerment.
To achieve equality, we must take a holistic approach to overcoming these challenges, considering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s wellbeing, safety and development.