Historically, Children’s Day began as a collective birthday celebration. This was a necessary acknowledgement for the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children whose birthdays were unknown due to an era of institutional care during childhood upbringing (SNAICC). However, more recently, this day is seen as a celebration of the importance of children within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, particularly their importance as the custodians of culture.
The activities and sentiments associated with Children’s Day demonstrate the underpinning work of Yamani Meta. Celebrating, acknowledging and supporting the growth and development of children, particularly those who are within the first 1000 days of life, is important as it lays the foundation for strong families with good health, wellbeing and rich culture.