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.

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
25
Mon
Cathy Freeman Olympic Gold Medal Anniversary
Sep 25 all-day
Sep
28
Thu
David Unaipon Birthday
Sep 28 all-day

David Unaipon (28 September 1872 – 7 February 1967) was a well-known Indigenous Australian of the Ngarrindjeri people, a preacher, inventor and writer. Unaipon’s contribution to Australian society helped to break many Indigenous Australian stereotypes and he is featured on the Australian $50 note in commemoration.

Sep
29
Fri
Ken Wyatt Maiden Speech Anniversary
Sep 29 all-day

Ken Wyatt, the member for Hasluck, WA, was the first Aboriginal member of the House of Representatives.

He gave his maiden speech to Federal Parliament on Wednesday 29th September 2010.

Term 3 Ends – NT, SA, Tas
Sep 29 all-day
Oct
1
Sun
Bandenyirrin season – NW Northern Territory
Oct 1 – Dec 31 all-day

The Gadgerong people of the North West Northern Territory observe 3 seasons within their Monsoon Tropics climate. These seasons roughly correspond to the following Western calendar months:

Mayurr – January to March; Nguag/Gagulong – April to September; Bandenyirrin – October to December.

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

Oct
3
Tue
Term 4 Starts – Queensland
Oct 3 all-day
Oct
9
Mon
Term 4 Starts – ACT, NSW, NT, Vic, WA
Oct 9 all-day
Oct
10
Tue
Indigenous People’s Day
Oct 10 all-day

Indigenous People’s Day (also known as Native American Day) is a holiday celebrated in various localities in the United States, begun as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day. The purpose of the day is to promote Native American culture and commemorate the history of Native American peoples.

Oct
16
Mon
Term 4 Starts – SA, Tas
Oct 16 all-day