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 ->
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.
Bandenyirrin season – NW Northern Territory
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 Read More ->
Indigenous People’s 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 Read More ->
Uluru handback to traditional owners
25th October 2015 was the 30th anniversary of the return of Uluru to its traditional owners. For more information see
World Teachers’ Day (Australia)
The international holiday of World Teacher’s Day was established by UNESCO on October 5, 1994. Australian schools generally are on holiday at this time in October, so in Australia the holiday is normally celebrated on the last Read More ->
42nd Anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act
On 13 February 1975, the late Kep Enderby, Attorney-General during the Whitlam Government, introduced the Racial Discrimination Bill in the House of Representatives. The Bill would pass in the Parliament in June 1975, receiving its Read More ->
Parra’dowee season – NE NSW Central East Coast
The D’harawal people from the North Eastern NSW Central East Coast recognise six seasons. These seasons roughly correspond to the following Western calendar months: Time of Burran – Gadalung Marool (hot and dry) – January Read More ->
International Day for Tolerance
In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November.
Sir Douglas “Doug” Nicholls, was a prominent Aboriginal Australian from the Yorta Yorta people. He was a professional athlete, Churches of Christ pastor and a pioneering campaigner for reconciliation. Nicholls was the first Aboriginal person Read More ->
On 6 December 1938 Wallithica Elder William Cooper led a delegation of the Australian Aboriginal League to the German Consulate in Melbourne to deliver a petition which condemned the “cruel persecution of the Jewish people Read More ->