Murawin celebrates Children’s Day
My Dreaming, My Future
4 August 2022
All children deserve to thrive and fulfil their potential.
Since 1988, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) has been celebrated across the country on 4 August. Children’s Day is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities, and indeed ALL Australians, to celebrate the strengths and culture of our children.
Murawin’s CEO, Carol Vale had this to share in acknowledgement of Children’s Day, “The theme for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day in 2022 is My Dreaming, My Future. How fitting! I speak not only as Murawin’s CEO, but as a Dunghutti woman, daughter, mother, aunty, and grandmother. This is an opportunity for us to show our support for Indigenous children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that culture, family, community, and organisations such as ours, can play in the lives of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and I’m pleased to be celebrating today over a cuppa with my friends and colleagues at Murawin.”
Children’s Day is the initiative of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children. Murawin is a devoted SNAICC Member, joining a chorus of Australians speaking up for Indigenous children and families, providing a stronger voice in influencing laws, policy, and processes to improve outcomes.
Why is this day so important?
Through our recent projects we have evaluated issues such as government programs aimed at reducing the number of First Nation children in the out of home care system, specialist court systems that aim to keep children safe from the impacts of domestic violence and abuse, and the recent review of the needs to those caring for our children in out of home care to build their cultural competencies and capabilities. In this work we hope that Murawin will contribute to creating safe and nurturing environments for our children to thrive in.
We know that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are thriving and growing up strong in their cultures, with support from their families and communities. However, a significant number of children continue to face ongoing challenges stemming from colonisation and its effects. This includes discrimination, poverty, systemic removal, intergenerational trauma, dislocation from land and culture, and community disempowerment.
Regardless of our backgrounds, many of us have at some stage, witnessed these effects, not only in your personal lives, but through our work. At Murawin, it is our firm belief that to achieve equality, we must approach these challenges holistically, considering the wellbeing, safety and development of First Nations children and families.
Today the Murawin team came together to celebrate Children’s Day over a cuppa-tea to yarn about Children’s Day, celebrate our little ones, our culture, and the positive impact our work will have on their futures.