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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Events

January

  • putalina (Oyster Cove) Festival
  • 26 January - Survival Day

February

12 February - Anniversary of the National Apology

In 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to Australia's Indigenous people, particularly to the Stolen Generations.

March

National Close the Gap Day

National Close the Gap Day was first observed in 2007 as  an annual awareness event aiming to close the health and life expectancy gap between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities in Australia.

National Close the Gap Day is usually held on the third Thursday in March.

21 March Harmony Day

Harmony Day celebrates cultural diversity in Australia.

31 March Earth Hour

May

26 May National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day provides people with an opportunity to come together and remember the Stolen Generations (the Indigenous Australians forcibly removed from their families), their families and communities.

27 May - 3 June National Reconciliation Week

Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum

June

3 June Mabo Day

Mabo Day commemorates the High Court of Australia's Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship to the land.

July

3-10 July NAIDOC Week

12 July Anniversary of the Australian Aboriginal Flag

August

4-7 August GARMA Festival

4 August National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Children's Day

9 August International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

12 August International Youth Day

December

3 December Mannalargenna Day

Mannalargenna was a Tasmanian Aboriginal warrior. Mannalargenna Day celebrates the Tasmanian Aboriginal community's continuing culture and connections to Mannalargenna.