Dates of significance
26 January, Survival Day
Survival Day, held on 26 January, celebrates the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples.
Annual events take place that showcase all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, including dance, literature, music, food, language, etc. These events include the Share the Spirit Festival, Treasury Gardens, Victoria and Survival Day concert, Sydney.
13 February, National Apology Day
National Apology Day, held on 13 February, marks the anniversary of the formal apology by the parliament of Australia to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly the Stolen Generations.
16 March, National Close the Gap Day
National Close the Gap Day is an opportunity to raise awareness around the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health gap and promote equality in life expectancy and health status between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
21 March, Harmony Day
Harmony Day, held on 21 March, promotes a culturally diverse society along with celebrating the inclusive nature of Australia.
26 May, National Sorry Day
National Sorry Day, held on 26 May, is commemorated nationally with thousands of Australians from all walks of life participating in memorial services, commemorative meetings, survival celebrations and community gatherings to honour the Stolen Generations.
27 May, Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum
In 1967 over 90% of Australians voted in a Referendum to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Referendum also gave the Commonwealth Government the power to make laws on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
27 May–3 June, National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week, held from the 27 May-3 June, celebrates the rich culture and history of the First Australians. It's an opportunity to think about how we can contribute to alleviating the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
3 June, Mabo Day
Mabo Day, held on 3 June, marks the anniversary of the High Court's historic decision on native title. The day celebrates Eddie Koiki Mabo whose name is synonymous with the decision.
1 July, Coming of the Light
Coming of the Light, held on 1 July, marks the day when the London Missionary Society arrived in the Torres Strait for the first time. Religious and cultural ceremonies are held by Torres Strait Islanders across the Torres Strait and on the Australian mainland to commemorate this day.
2–9 July, National NAIDOC Week
National NAIDOC week, held from the first Sunday to the second Sunday in July, is observed to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'.
4 August, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day, held on 4 August, is a special events that highlights significant concerns or hope for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
9 August, International Day of the World's Indigenous People
International Day of the World's Indigenous People, held on 9 August, is observed to protect and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples. The event also recognises the contributions of the Indigenous peoples to world issues such as environmental protection.
6 September, Indigenous Literacy Day
Indigenous Literacy Day aims to help raise funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. We need your support to help raise funds to buy books and literacy resources for children in these communities.
13 September, Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly during its 61st session at UN Headquarters in New York City on 13 September 2007.