National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to celebrate the strengths and culture of our children.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence NDIS team is joining the celebrations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families by hosting an online event on Tuesday 4 August from 10.30am.

We invite our local communities to join us for some storytelling, song time and craft activity.

If your group, workplace or family is interested in joining the live event, please RSVP by Friday 31 July to receive a link to the live broadcast.

You can also experience the event in your own time by following the below links to online resources and activities for children and families.

Activities and resources

Acknowledgement of Country

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, educators, Elders and community members acknowledge Country, pay their respects and stand for the future.

Story telling with Uncle John Baxter

Uncle John Baxter is a highly respected community Elder and passionate advocate for reconciliation and the rights of Aboriginal people living with disabilities.

Uncle John also loves to keep active, playing wheelchair basketball player in his early days, is an avid traveller and four-wheel drive enthusiast, and has also been known to enjoy a surf!

Two Mates

Two Mates by author Maggie Prewett, tells the story of two best mates, growing up in Broome, Western Australia.

Our Home, Our Heartbeat

Our Home, Our Heartbeat by author Adam Briggs is a celebration of past and present Indigenous legends, as well as emerging generations, and at its heart honours the oldest continuous culture on earth.

Ngayuku Papa (My Dog) animation series

This animation film is the second in the series and features Ngaanyatjarra woman Maureen Butler-Baker telling the story of her dogs Bluey and Big Boy.

These films combine stop-motion animation with live-action storytelling to tell tales of remote desert community life, depicting the unique and often amusing personalities of community dogs and their friendships with Anangu.

 

Story from Cherbourg Hippy; Nan’s Superheroes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities

2020 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day activity sheet

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

This activity is great for helping children to learn about the colours and meaning of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

Aboriginal Flag Handprint Activity

Songs

Inanay Lullaby by Tiddas

Traditional Torres Strait Islander song “Inanay” sung by three-piece all-girl folk band from Victoria, Tiddas, who are sisters and Aboriginal.

Listen and watch the animated version.

‘I Am Australian’ in Yawuru language (by ABC)

For more ideas on how you can celebrate and show your support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, visit the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day website.