Cultural events

Reconciliation Week 2016

Activity: Design a unit of study around the anniversary of significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events.

View the 3Rs calendar for ideas.

Design a unit of work around one of the following events:

  • NAIDOC Week
  • Reconciliation Week
  • Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

or a significant cultural event in your local community.

Alhwerrpa season – Central Australia
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 – Read More ->
The Coming of the Light Festival – Torres Strait Islands
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.
Anniversary of Evonne Goolagong’s 1st win at Wimbledon
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
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 Read More ->
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 Read More ->
Anniversary of the Australian Aboriginal flag
The flag was first flown on National Aborigine’s Day in Victoria Square in Adelaide on 12 July 1971.
Aug 4 – Aug 7 all-day
Garma Festival
The Annual Garma Festival is Australia’s Leading Cultural Exchange event. It is held annually onsite at remote Gulkula, a traditional meeting ground in Arnhem land.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1994.
Anniversary of Yirrkala bark petitions
The Yolngu people from Yirrkala in eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory sent the Yirrkala bark petitions to the Commonwealth Parliament in August 1963. These petitions were the first traditional documents recognised by the Commonwealth Read More ->
On 16 August 1975,  3236 sq km of Wave Hill Station was handed over by then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam to the Gurindji, with the ceremonial gesture of pouring earth into Vincent Lingiari’s hand.
Aug 18 – Aug 25 all-day
Children’s Book Week (Australia)
The theme for 2017 is ‘Escape to Everywhere’.
Wirlburu season – Northern Western Australia
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 Read More ->
Indigenous Literacy 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.
Neville Bonner was the first Aboriginal person to sit in Federal Parliament as a Senator for Queensland from 1971 until 1983.
David Unaipon Birthday
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 Read More ->
Ken Wyatt Maiden Speech Anniversary
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.