For the 2018 Family Matters National Week of Action, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people tell us why their family matters. We’re excited to share one of their stories with you.
Told by a young Aboriginal boy from the Yuggera tribe:
My family matters to me because they are loyal, caring, loving people. Family is important because if you are down they will cheer you up and if you make a bad decision they will never turn their backs on you.
Family will make sure that you have an honourable education.
Family means different things to different people but to me my family has a special culture. I am of Aboriginal descent and our tribe is the Yuggera tribe. We have a lot of family members. Some of them are more into the culture than others. Some do traditional paintings and sacred dances, for example my aunty and my great-grandmother.
My great-grandmother teaches me some of the words of the language of our tribe. I would like to say thank you to my ancestors who have passed on their language and culture to younger generations because it forms an important part of my identity and also my family members.”
Family Matters is Australia’s national campaign to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.