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

Jun
30
Fri
Term Two Ends – ACT, NSW, Vic, WA
Jun 30 all-day
Jul
1
Sat
The Coming of the Light Festival – Torres Strait Islands
Jul 1 all-day

The Coming of the Light is a holiday celebrated by Torres Strait Islanders on 1 July each year. It recognises the adoption of Christianity through island communities during the late nineteenth century.

Jul
2
Sun
Anniversary of Evonne Goolagong’s 1st win at Wimbledon
Jul 2 all-day

Evonne Goolagong Cawley AO MBE (born 31 July 1951) is an Australian former World No. 1 female tennis player. She won her first Wimbledon title in 1971.

Catholic Church – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday
Jul 2 all-day

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday is the first Sunday in July and it is when Catholics from all over Australia come together to celebrate and acknowledge the gifts that Indigenous people bring to the Catholic Church in Australia.

NAIDOC Week
Jul 2 – Jul 9 all-day

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to Australian country and society.

The theme for 2017 is ‘Our Languages Matter’. The theme celebrates the essential role that languages play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and transmission of history through story and song.

Jul
7
Fri
Term Two Ends – SA, Tas
Jul 7 all-day
Jul
10
Mon
Term 3 Starts – Queensland
Jul 10 all-day
Jul
12
Wed
Anniversary of the Australian Aboriginal flag
Jul 12 all-day

The flag was first flown on National Aborigine’s Day in Victoria Square in Adelaide on 12 July 1971.

Jul
17
Mon
Term 3 Starts – ACT, Vic, WA
Jul 17 all-day