Celebrating community, culture and connection
Families in western Sydney have come together to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.
04 August 2023
Families have come together in western Sydney to mark National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day in a celebration of community, culture and connection.
The Department of Education’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Early Education and Care team and Kimberwalli co-hosted the event on Friday in Whalan, on Darug land.
In recognition of this year’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day theme ‘Little Voices, Loud Futures’, the event celebrated children through music, dance, art, storytelling and cultural activities, connecting families and communities with local health and early childhood service providers.
Play School presenter and Wiradjuri and Ngunnawal man Luke Carroll was the event emcee, which included the Play School Live in Concert show, puppets and face painting.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car said:
“In early education we have a unique opportunity to make a real difference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and I am looking forward to connecting with and listening to local families.
“Our vision is that all Aboriginal children in NSW can access quality early childhood education and are supported to embrace their culture and identity for a strong start to lifelong learning.
“We are committed to delivering our First Steps strategy, which aims to ensure the best educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0-5.”
NSW Department of Education Secretary Murat Dizdar said:
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day provides an opportunity to honour and acknowledge the rich cultural heritage and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
“It promotes cultural pride and identity, reinforcing the importance of preserving and valuing their traditions, cultures and languages.
“August 4 is used to mark the birthdays of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were taken from their families, the Stolen Generations.
“By understanding their cultural heritage, children will gain a deeper understanding of where they come from, traditions, and their place within their community and the broader world.”
Play School presenter and Wiradjuri and Ngunnawal man Luke Carroll said:
“This event is an opportunity to focus on the importance of culture, family, and community in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child – and have fun.
“We hope families and children enjoy a vibrant and joyful celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.”
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