National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children.
This year’s theme ‘Value Our Rights, Respect Our Culture, Bring Us Home’, recognises the 20th anniversary of the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report and the many benefits children are likely to experience when they are raised with strong connections to family and culture.
The children from Carlton Primary School have celebrated the day with the help of the Aboriginal Family Support Services Port Augusta, by painting a mural which represents their culture.
Over 30 children participated in the activity which saw the students place their hand prints over an aboriginal flag painted on cloth.
Family support worker Stacey Bates said the idea behind the mural was to give the children an understanding of their culture and a sense of pride in their community.
“The kids were very responsive and very keen to be involved, they were very inquisitive and had lots of questions about why we were doing the mural,” she said.
“We gave them a little gift bag from us for their participation and they really enjoyed it, they were all really excited.”
Dot painter Mellissa Wilson will put her final touches on the design and the mural will then been presented back to the school during a special assembly for it to be hung on display.