Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events calendar

3Rs  events calendar provided by MATSITI Initiative.
Example content – feedback welcome on creating learning and teaching activities based on these events.

Jun
1
Thu
Alhwerrpa season – Central Australia
Jun 1 – Aug 31 all-day

The Arrernte people of Central Australia recognise 5 seasons within their Desert climate. These seasons roughly correspond to the following Western calendar months:

Uterne – December to March; Alhwerrrpeurle – April to May; Alhwerrpa – June to August; Ulpulpe – September; Uterne urle – October to November.

Source: Bureau of Meteorology website – http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/climate_culture/Indig_seasons.shtml

Aug
18
Fri
Children’s Book Week (Australia)
Aug 18 – Aug 25 all-day

The theme for 2017 is ‘Escape to Everywhere’.

Aug
28
Mon
Alice Desert Festival
Aug 28 – Sep 3 all-day
Sep
1
Fri
Wirlburu season – Northern Western Australia
Sep 1 – Sep 30 all-day

The Yawuru people of Northern Western Australia recognise six seasons. These seasons roughly correspond to the following Western calendar months:

Mankala – December to March; Marul – April; Wirralburu – May; Barrgana – June to August; Wirlburu – September; Larja – October to November.

Source: Bureau of Meteorology website – http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/yawuru/wirlburu.shtml

Sep
6
Wed
Indigenous Literacy Day
Sep 6 all-day

Indigenous Literacy Day aims to raise funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.

Sep
8
Fri
Neville Bonner first Aboriginal Senator Maiden Speech
Sep 8 all-day
Neville Bonner was the first Aboriginal person to sit in Federal Parliament as a Senator for Queensland from 1971 until 1983.
Sep
13
Wed
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Sep 13 all-day
Sep
15
Fri
Term 3 Ends – Queensland
Sep 15 all-day
Sep
22
Fri
Term 3 Ends – ACT, NSW, Vic, WA
Sep 22 all-day
Sep
25
Mon
Cathy Freeman Olympic Gold Medal Anniversary
Sep 25 all-day