National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is held on the 4th of August each year. The theme for Children's Day 2021 is:
The Children's Day 2021 theme highlights the importance of supporting strong family and community connections to help children achieve strong spiritual and cultural wellbeing and to form proud cultural identities.
Children's Day is a time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities and all Australians, celebrate the strengths and culture of our children. It is an opportunity to show support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
Children's Day has been run annually since 1988 and is the initiative of SNAICC - National Voice for our Children.
NAIDOC Week is an annual event with a specific theme chosen to reflect issues and events that are important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee and its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups seeking to increase awareness of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the 1920s.
In 2021 the theme for NAIDOC Week (4-11 July) is - Heal Country! a theme which calls for all Australians to continue to seek greater protection from exploitation and destruction of land, water, sacred sites and cultural heritage.
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, culture and achievements and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving Reconciliation in Australia.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of National Reconciliation Week (NRW). In order to provide national leadership on reconciliation, the organisation Reconciliation Australia was formed and that same year, 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge to show support for Reconciliation. You can watch a video about 20 years of Reconciliation on YouTube at https://youtu.be/KNAkfPrsC9Q.
Reconciliation Australia promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, NRW encourages all Australians towards braver and more impactful ACTION for reconciliation.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Members of our DMSC community are also invited to complete a short survey about how we all can TAKE ACTION to support Reconciliation. The results of this survey will be used to create a promotional poster for use at our school.
The survey only takes a moment to fill out. You can contribute at https://bit.ly/3vm0KD3
27th May 2021
Tuesday was the official 2021 Marrung Education Scholarship presentation ceremony at the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne. The Wimmera had two recipients this year and both were from DMSC - Tehya Clarke and Harper Harradine, who were presented with their framed scholarship certificates. The Marrung Education Scholarships program provides scholarships to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to complete Years 11 and 12. The program offers 20 scholarships across Victoria and recognises students who demonstrate a high potential to succeed in their chosen pathway. Tehya hopes to become a Psychologist and Harper would like to be a teacher.
Pictured below, second photo: Aunty Vera Briggs (Secondary Specialist, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.), Uncle Lionel Bamblett (General Manager, VAEAI), Tehya Clarke, Harper Harradine, Steve Dimopolous (Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier).
Friday 12th March 2021