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.
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.
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: https://action.amnesty.org.au/act-now/change-the-date