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VACCHO END OF YEAR CLOSURE

Dec. 25, 2017 - Jan. 5, 2018

VACCHO will be closed for its end-of-year closure. Messages can be left at 03 9411 9411 or via email[mailto:enquiries@vaccho.org.au].

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Survival Day

Australia

Fri, Jan. 26, 2018

Australia Day is not a celebration for all Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples mark this day as Survival Day. Since colonisation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been subjected to government-sanctioned violence, policies that removed children from families, the removal of people from their lands and the denial of self-determination. It is marked by events such as the Survival Day Concert first held in Sydney...

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Anniversary of Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples

Tue, Feb. 13, 2018 All Day

The National Apology to the Stolen Generations came about as a recommendation from The National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal Children from their Families. It highlighted the suffering of Indigenous families under the Commonwealth, state and territory Aboriginal protection and welfare laws and policies[http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/sorry-day-stolen-generations]. The National Inquiry then led to the Bringing them home report[http://www.humanrights.gov.au/Social_Justice/bth_report/index.html] which was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997. It contained 54 Recommendations on how to redress the...

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Harmony Day

Australia

Wed, Mar. 21, 2018 All Day

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

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National Sorry Day

Australia

Sat, May. 26, 2018 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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Anniversary of 1967 Referendum

Sun, May. 27, 2018 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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Commonwealth 1967 Referendum

Australia

Sun, May. 27, 2018 All Day

The Commonwealth Referendum acknowledges that over 90% of Australians voted to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Referendum also gave the Commonwealth Government the power to make laws on behalf of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Mabo Day

Australia

Sun, Jun. 3, 2018 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

Sun, Jul. 1, 2018

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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NAIDOC Week

Australia

Jul. 1 - 8, 2018

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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