The Gabmididi Manoo Children and Family Centre recently celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, providing interactive and fun activities for local children.
The event was part of the 2017 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on August 4, which focuses on valuing the rights and respecting the culture of indigenous children.
Children from Wynbring Jida attended the event, where they were given a chance to interact with new people and make new friends.
Community Development Coordinator Debbie Grose said the activities on the day were focused on culture.
“They got to make damper around a fire, it’s more about them connecting with each other and being proud of what they are doing,” she said.
“Some of the kids from Wynbring Jida who don’t usually come here have settled in really well. All of the children are playing together, they were all mingling rather than just staying in their groups.
While the activities were enjoyable for the young ones, there was also a big focus on creating a unique environment for them.
“The fire we had was a big thing because we often feel that children aren’t capable of being around a fire. But we teach them about safety and they learn how to be safe in that environment,” Ms Grose said.
“They got more out of that rather than if we didn’t have the fire.”
Ms Grose said children formed a confidence in their abilities through their interaction with others.
“Respect is about everyone being involved and playing together. It’s also good for staff from different services to get together, they can role model different philosophies to each other,” she said.
“Every day is a fun day for the kids at kindergarten, but we always have an intentional educational purpose. This day was focused on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.”
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is the largest national day to celebrate children, and is held on August 4 ever year.