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Your Cultural Identity is Important

We all have a right to know who we are, and where we are from. The people, places and stories of our families are a part of the unique story of who we are. Understanding your history can help build your personal growth and well being, and helps to connect us with each other.

Under our laws carers and caseworkers are expected to assist you in building and maintaining your cultural identity. This will be through supporting relationships with your parents, siblings, extended family and community, to allow you to meaningfully enjoy your cultural rights, including your identity, language, and cultural ties. This reflects the rights of all children to their culture.

For Aboriginal children and young people, this might include knowing your mob, your Nation and language group, and how you relate to others. You may in future wish to get a "Confirmation of Aboriginality", which can be useful for accessing some specific services or may be required to participate in community organisations. If you are an Aboriginal child, it is our responsibility to support you to be eligible for a Confirmation of Aboriginality, which requires that you are able to show you are of Aboriginal descent, that you identify as Aboriginal, and are accepted as an Aboriginal person by your Aboriginal community.