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Upcoming events

NAIDOC Week 4-11 July 2021

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held in July to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples history, culture and achievements. Throughout the week we encourage you to take the opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions in place, many events have been cancelled or postponed to ensure the safety of the community. There are still events that you can participate in online, you can find many online events on the NAIDOC Week website. Please find information about some of the events you may be interested in below:

NAIDOC Week Movie Night

Saturday 03 July, 6.00pm - 8.00pm. Watch the movie Maralinga Tjarutja on ABC iview and participate in a discussion after the movie. You will need to register for this free event.

ACL NAIDOC Talk - Avalon Community Library

Tuesday 06 July, 2:00pm-3:00pm. Participate in a talk by the Northern Beaches Council Aboriginal Heritage Officer. Register here for the free event

NGV Teens: Industry Connections with Maree Clarke

Tuesday 06 July, 5:00pm-6:00pm. Teens are invited to join Maree Clarke and Mitch Mahoney in a talk responding to the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme of Heal Country and Maree’s NGV exhibition Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories. Register here for the free event.

Healing Country, Healing Futures: Aspirations for Country and Community

Tuesday 06 July, 6:30pm-7:45pm. Hear from several fantastic speakers, ask questions and participate in this discussion about Healing Country. Register here for this free event.

NAIDOC Week Tenant Art Exhibition - Postponed

Unfortunately due to the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Sydney, we have had to postpone this exhibition. 

Bridge Housing is proud to support the upcoming bi-annual tenant art exhibition to celebrate NAIDOC Week. This art exhibition was created by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tenant Advisory Group, who have opened it to all tenant artists who want to create art aligning to the NAIDOC Week theme, HEAL COUNTRY! We are delighted to announce that award-winning artist Blak Douglas is curating the exhibition. Stay tuned for more information on a future date.

Annual dates of significance

Date Day name Significance
26 Jan Survival Day The National Australia Day Council (NADC) recognises the unique status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and commits to the reconciliation journey. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities gather and reflect on history and culture.
12 Feb The Freedom Ride On 12 February 1965, University of Sydney students, inspired by equal rights activism in the United States, started a bus tour of western and coastal NSW with 3 key goals in mind:
- draw attention to the poor state of Aboriginal health, education and housing
- focus and attention on the social discrimination experienced by Aboriginal people to effect positive change
- encourage and support Aboriginal people themselves to resist discrimination.
The Freedom Ride was led by Charles Perkins, an Arrente man born in Alice Springs who dedicated his life to advocating for Aboriginal rights. It has an important place in Australia's history and is remembered every February for fostering Aboriginal activism and raising much needed public attention on issues Aboriginal people continue to face today.
13 Feb National Apology Anniversary Marks the anniversary of the formal apology made on 13 February 2008 by the Government and Australian Parliament to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in particular the Stolen Generations.
18 Mar* National Close the Gap Day An opportunity to show support for closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians, and for organisations and communities to hold events and raise awareness of the Indigenous health crisis. *2021 date.
5 Apr Bringing Them Home On 5 April 1997, the final Bringing Them Home report, from the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, was launched. It honours the many personal stories shared by members of the Stolen Generations and is a tribute to the strength and resilience of many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people adversely affected by forcible removal. We remember and acknowledge the sorrow of all the children who will never come home - for them, their parents, their communities and all Aboriginal people.
26 May National Sorry Day An opportunity to acknowledge the impact of policies spanning more than 150 years of forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 following the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report, Bringing Them Home: The ‘Stolen Children’ report (1997), which recommended a national day of observance.
27 May 1967 Referendum Anniversary 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 Australians. The Referendum also gave the Commonwealth Government the power to make laws on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
27 May-
3 Jun
National Reconciliation Week National Reconciliation Week celebrates the rich culture and history of the first Australians every year. It provides an opportunity to reflect on achievements so far and the things that must still be done to achieve reconciliation.
3 Jun Eddie Mabo Day Marks the anniversary of the High Court of Australia’s judgement in 1992 in the Mabo case, which recognised the land rights of the Meriam people, or native title.
1 Jul Coming of the Light Marks the day the London Missionary Society first arrived in the Torres Strait when missionaries landed at Erub Island on 1 July 1871. Religious and cultural ceremonies are held by Torres Strait Islander Christians across the Torres Strait and on the mainland to commemorate this day.

4 Jul-
11 Jul*
1st Sun Jul

NAIDOC Week Celebrations of the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are held around Australia, not just within the Indigenous community, but increasingly by government, schools, local councils and workplaces. Taking part in NAIDOC Week is a great way to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to build bridges between all Australians. *2021 dates.
4 Aug National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children's Day Established by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) in 1988, Children’s Day highlights a significant issue, concern, or hope for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children each year.
9 Aug UN International Day of World's Indigenous People Observed on 9 August each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s Indigenous population, this day also recognises the achievements and contributions that Indigenous people make to improving world issues, such as environmental protection.
1 Sep Indigenous Literacy Day Held to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. *2021 date.
13 Sep Anniversary of UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People The Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly during its 61st session at UN headquarters in New York City on 13 September 2007.
2-4 Oct 50th Koori Knockout Initiated by Bob Smith, Bob Morgan, Bill Kennedy, Danny Rose, Victor Wright and the late George Jackson, the Koori Knockout was created to provide a spotlight for Aboriginal footballers overlooked by talent scouts. *2021 date.