Cultural Days of Significance
The Apology - 13 February.
The anniversary of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Apology to Australia's Indigenous People
Harmony Day - 21 March.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
National Close the Gap Day - 22 March.
Campaign for Indigenous health equality
Sorry Day - 26 May.
Commemorating the Stolen Generation. The first National Sorry Day was held in Sydney on 26 May 1998, one year after the tabling of the ‘Bringing them Home’ report, which was the result of an inquiry into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. National Sorry Day provides the opportunity for all Australians to be involved in activities to acknowledge the impact of the policies of forcible removal on Australia's Indigenous populations and, then, to celebrate the beginning of a new understanding.
Reconciliation Week - 27 May to 3 June.
Marking two significant events: the 1967 Referendum (27 May 1967); and the Mabo decision (3 June 1992). The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
Mabo Day - 3 June.
The High Court, in a historic judgement delivered on June 3, 1992 (Mabo v Queensland [No 2] [“Mabo Case”]), accepted the claim from Eddie Mabo and the other claimants that their people had occupied the island of Mer for hundreds of years before the arrival of the British. The Court found that the Meriam people were “entitled as against the whole world to possession, occupation, use and enjoyment of the lands in the Murray Islands.” The decision overturned a legal fiction that Australia was Terra Nullius (a land belonging to no-one) at the time of colonisation.
Coming of the Light – 1 July.
The Coming of the Light festival marks the day the London Missionary Society first arrived in Torres Strait. The missionaries landed at Erub Island on 1 July 1871, introducing Christianity to the region. This is a significant day for Torres Strait Islanders, who are predominantly of Christian faith.
National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day - 4 August.
Children's Day, and the week leading up to it, is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.