Hi Everyone,

For your information I've listed below some of the most important Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates for this year. At Trinity we teach our students about all these dates. We will celebrate some and commemorate others. I have included links to relevant sites when applicable.

13th February The National Apology to The Stolen Generations.

This is the day on which Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, on behalf of the Australian Parliament and people, recognized the heartache and pain experienced by the Stolen Generations. It was a formal apology that acknowledged the Stolen Generations, their individual experiences, and gave a promise of hope for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is commemorated to highlight the event's significance and as a reminder that the Stolen Generations is still unfinished business. There are countless Youtube clips about this incredible event. Two of my favourites are

TCCG acknowledges this day in Years 9 and 10 History class.

26th May

Sorry Day

This date commemorates the 1997 tabling of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's Bringing Them Home Report. The first National Sorry Day was in 1998 and since then thousands of activities have occurred across Australia to highlight the stories of the Stolen Generations and the trauma engendered by the child removal policies. From the first Sorry Day onward, hundred of thousands of Australians have participated in Sorry Day events as a means of healing and reconciliation.

I recommend Splash National Sorry Day as a great place to start learning about this event.

This day is commemorated at TCCG by prayer at the start of the school day.

3rd June Mabo Day

This celebrates the campaign of Eddy Mabo and his co-plaintiffs for recognition of Native Title rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. On the 3rd of June 1992, Eddie Mabo, David Passi, Sam Passi, James Rice and Celuia Salee were successful in the High Court of Australia in rejecting the Terra Nullius doctrine and the recognition of Native Title.

A short and informative Youtube clip is Indigenous Australian Land Rights – Behind the News.

TCCG studies this important event in Year 10 History class.

1st July Coming of the Light Festival

This is an annual Torres Strait Islander festival that celebrates the arrival of Christianity in the Torres Strait on 1 July 1871.

TCCG celebrates this day by prayer at the start of the College day. More information is available at www.tsra.gov.au.

3rd-10th July NAIDOC WEEK

This is a weeklong celebration of the amazing cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Its aim it to showcase arts and history and significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait individuals. The theme for 2016 is Songlines: the living narrative of our nation.

TCCG will participate in numerous events, such as the annual NAIDOC Mass in Canberra and its lead-up art competition. Our Indigenous students will also compete in the annual NAIDOC poster competition.

The NAIDOC website is replete with interesting aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life. It is a great site!

4th August National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day

This event was introduced in 1998 and is a celebration of the importance of children to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

TCCG participates in this event through our annual Book Sale, when we raise funds to supply bilingual books to outback schools.

The website is http://snaicc.org.au.

9th August

International Day of the World's Indigenous People


This day was first celebrated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994. It is a day of appreciation and learning about the world's Indigenous peoples, for example, Native American peoples, Torres Strait Islanders and Australia's Aboriginal peoples. It is a day of learning about aspects of these cultures and the importance of their preservation in the modern world. It also emphasises the problems confronting these societies.

The United Nations website has a page dedicated to this event and has some excellent Youtube clips related to Indigenous matters.

TCCG acknowledges this day with prayer at the start of the College day.

Mrs Bev McGreevy

Aboriginal Contact Teacher

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