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Important ATSI Dates

BADAC recognises that the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples in Australia is marked by many significant dates and milestones. It is important to celebrate our history, be it a sad event or a proud achievement.


The full National ATSI Calendar for 2018 is found here.


26 January Day of Mourning/ Survival Day/ Invasion Day On the Australia Day public holiday, the ATSI community celebrates the survival of Indigenous cultures, whilst highlighting the invasion of Australia by Europeans.
21 March Harmony Day A day that celebrates cultural diversity, bringing together Australians from all walks of life.
26 May National Sorry Day Marks the anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
27 May Australian 1967 Referendum The historical referendum that allowed for Aboriginal people to be included in the national census, and for the Commonwealth to create laws for them.
27 May to 3 June National Reconciliation Week This week is celebrated with various activities throughout Australia. It commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey for ATSI peoples: the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum (27 May) and Mabo Day (3 June).
3 June Mabo Day Commemorates the 1992 High Court decision that recognised the existence of native title rights in Australia.
8 July to 15 July NAIDOC Week NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of ATSI peoples.
4 August National Aboriginal & Islander Children’s Day First observed in 1988, this day is  celebrated across Australia with special themes each year.
9 August International Day of the World’s Indigenous People A day to recognise Indigenous history, culture, languages, rights and aspirations throughout the world. It is celebrated with activities highlighting Indigenous Peoples and their culture.

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