Marking January 26th Respectfully

Marking 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 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 mark 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

Read our January eNews 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 mark 26 January respectfully.

Survival/Invasion Day Events

Balit Narrun Festival (Share the Spirit). Treasury Gardens 1 - 5 pm.

Belgrave Survival Day. Borthwick Park, Benson St, Belgrave. 12 - 5 pm.

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

Pang-ngooteekeeya weeng malangeepa-ngeeye. Red Rock Reserve Road, Alvie (North West of Colac). 11 am - 2 pm.

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

Amnesty International Petition

Amnesty are close to reaching 20,000 signatures on a petition to send to the Federal Government asking that they:

·         acknowledge that 26 January has a long and painful history for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; and

·         consult with the community to choose a new date for Australia Day so it can be celebrated by all.

You can sign the petition here:

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

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