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National Close the Gap Day

Thu, Mar. 19, 2020 All Day

*To achieve health equality for Indigenous Australians within 25 years we call on the Australian Government to:* Commit to providing adequate and long-term financial resources to achieve Indigenous health equality; Invest in real partnerships, including increased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and control around health service delivery; and Address critical social issues of housing, education and self-determination that contribute to the health crisis affecting Aboriginal and...

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Harmony Day

Australia

Sat, Mar. 21, 2020 All Day

Harmony Day celebrates the cohesive and inclusive nature of Australia and promotes a culturally and diverse society.

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Members meetings

Mar. 24 - 26, 2020

Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service and Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation will be hosting this meeting.

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National Sorry Day

Australia

Tue, May. 26, 2020 All Day

National Apology Day is the anniversary of the formal apology made in 2008 by the Rudd Government and the Parliament of Australia to Australia’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, in particular the Stolen Generations.

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National Day of Healing

Australia

Tue, May. 26, 2020 All Day

National Day of Healing, formerly and still occasionally known as National Sorry Day, offers the community the opportunity to acknowledge the impact of the policies spanning more than 150 years of forcible removal of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 following the release of the findings and recommendations from the report. One of...

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Anniversary of 1967 Referendum

Wed, May. 27, 2020 All Day

The 1967 Referendum was a landmark achievement for Indigenous Australians. Following decades of Indigenous and non-Indigenous activism, over 90% of all Australians voted in favour of amending two sections of the Australian Constitution: Section 51 (xxvi)  The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to: ...The people of any race, other than the...

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National Reconciliation Week

Australia

May. 27 - Jun. 3, 2020

National Reconciliation Week was initiated in 1996 to provide a special focus for nationwide activities. This week is a time to reflect on achievements and things still be done to achieve reconciliation. This week is timed to coincide with two significant dates in Australia’s history. These day are strong symbols of hope and direction for reconciliation: 27 May and 3 June.

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Mabo Day

Australia

Wed, Jun. 3, 2020 All Day

Mabo Day marks the anniversary of the High Court of Australia’s judgement in 1992 in the Mabo case. The case made against the State of Queensland on 3 June accepted the claim by Eddie Mabo and the other claimants that their people (the Meriam peoples) had occupied the Islands of Mer for hundreds of years before the arrival of the British. This is a day of...

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Coming of the Light

Australia

Wed, Jul. 1, 2020 All Day

This is a particular day of significance for Torres Strait Islander people. It marks the day the London Missionary Society first arrived in the Torres Strait. The missionaries landed at Erub Island on 1 July 1871. Religious and cultural ceremonies are held by Torres Strait Islander Christians across the Torres Strait and on the mainland to commemorate this day.

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VIC NAIDOC Week

Australia

Jul. 5 - 12, 2020

NAIDOC Week is observed from the first to the second Sunday in July. NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievement of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC was originally ‘National Aboriginal and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee’. This week is celebrated not just in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities but also increasingly in government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.

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