Approaching January 26th Respectfully

Approaching January 26th Respectfully

Reconciliation Victoria supports a continuing national conversation about shifting our national day from January 26.  Such a conversation would help us reflect on who we are as a nation, what we stand for, and what date in our history best reflects those values and attributes.

Read Reconciliation Victoria’s 26th January Position Statement

Reconciliation Victoria encourages local councils and organisations commemorating the day to recognise the honoured place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our nation’s history, to be sensitive to the feelings of Aboriginal people who may see the day as one of mourning, and to see the day as an opportunity to promote understanding, respect and reconciliation.

There are some simple ways to approach 26th January respectfully, and acknowledge members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Read Reconciliation Victoria’s Protocols and Suggestions for how to approach January 26 respectfully

Check out our January eNews (coming out 8th January) for information about local events commemorating Survival Day and follow us on Facebook for regular updates, news and commentary about the day.

Check out our Maggolee website for information about what local councils are doing to approach 26 January respectfully.

Survival/Invasion Day Events

Share The Spirit (Balit Narrun - Strong Spirit) Festival - Treasury Gardens 12 - 7pm

Belgrave Survival Day - Belgrave

Narrm Invasion Day Protest - Parliament House, 10.30am - 1pm

Invasion Day Dawn Service - Kings Domain Resting Place, 5.30 - 6.30am

Port Philip Morning of Mourning

Ballarat Survival Day Dawn Gathering

Whittlesea Dawn Ceremony

Belgrave Survival Day are seeking volunteers to help on the day. Visit the event Facebook pages to find out more.

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters of Victoria.

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