Today is about the strength of the next generation as we celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said today was a great time to raise awareness of the issues some kids still face when it comes to safety and wellbeing.
“This year’s theme, Kids in culture: Strong, Proud, Resilient, highlights the positive role we can all play in creating a safe environment for children to grow strong,” Minister Scullion said.
“For the Australian Government, our top priorities are making sure kids go to school every day, their parents have jobs and their communities are safe.
“This month marks the beginning of an investment of $25 million over eight years to expand the Stronger Communities for Children programme to an additional five Northern Territory communities, making communities safer and healthier places to grow up in.
“The Remote School Attendance Strategy continues to help get kids to school every day in remote communities across the country.
“Going to school every day gives every child the best chance to get a good job and create a better future for their communities.
“Together we can all play a part in ensuring all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are resilient to life’s challenges.
“I’d encourage everyone to get involved in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, whether you host a morning tea, attend a local cultural event or take part in the National Children’s Day art competition.”
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is celebrated on 4 August every year and is the largest national celebration of Indigenous children in Australia.
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2014-08-04 SCULLION MR_National Childrens Day 2014.pdf