COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:27:09):On behalf of everyone in the Maitland community, I acknowledge our Elders of tomorrow, in celebration of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's Children's Day, which was held yesterday.

The significance of 4 August is profound; many children of the Stolen Generations did not know their true dates of birth. Not only were they were taken away from their families and their culture but also their birth date, an integral part of identity, was taken from them.

On 4 August 1988 it was designated as a day to celebrate the birthdays of all of those children. Culture, family and community are integral to the development of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. This year's theme—Elders of Tomorrow, Hear Our Voice—is a call for all of us, to listen to, and truly hear, these children and support them as they grow into influential Elders and leaders of the future.