Invasion / Survival Day 26th Jan

Over the last few years, there has been more support & interest from the community to change the date and acknowledge that the 26th January is a day of severe loss, sorrow and trauma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“For First Nations People and their family of supporters throughout the country, it’s a difficult day to be festive and celebrate togetherness on the anniversary of the invasion of their lands.
It simply cannot be a national celebration whilst actively ignoring the pain and trauma that has resulted from 26 January some 231 years ago. We can do better.
For Australians, being honest about 26 January as the date of our national holiday and what it means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can be confronting and challenging, but listening and embracing the truth is what is needed, and it helps all Australians to move forward together.”      Source – ANTaR – Rethink our National Holiday

I’ve always admired Australians for their sense of community and the ability to come together as one to show support and care. It’s time for us all come together and create change. To support ALL Australians, our brothers, our sisters. To show respect to the rightful custodians of our land – our First Nations people.

There are several events happening on Survival Day – find them in the below post. ANTaR have a Rethink our National Holiday pledge you can join. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Survival Day Events

Saturday, 26 January 2019    7:15am-9:15am
Annual Survival Day Ceremony
Benarrawa Community Development Association
79 Waratah Ave, Graceville, QLD – gather at the bronze canoe near Simpson’s Playground
Free event, all welcome – for more information, phone 3379 9925 or benarrawaprojects@westnet.com.au
All Australians are invited to acknowledge Survival Day for a short ceremony at the waters of the Benarrawa. 

Saturday, 26 January 2019    8:30am-10:00am
Commemoration January 26th
Balaangala Community Group
98 Yoorala St, The Gap QLD – in the garden space
Free event, all welcome – for more information, balaangalathegap@gmail.com
You are invited to join together in acknowledging January 26th as a day of sorrow and reflection for many First Nations people and other Australians.

Saturday, 26 January 2019    1:00pm-5:00pm
Reflecting on Reconciliation in QLD
Reconciliation QLD
Arana Leagues Club, 247 Dawson Pde QLD 4054
Free event – donation are welcome at the event
For more information and to RSVP, email events@rqi.org.au or call Rosalie on 0448 468 618
Reconciliation QLD invites you to be part of the conversation about how we reconcile our past and move forward together in the true spirit of reconciliation. Guest speakers Uncle Eugene Bargo and Leon Filewood.