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Significant dates


One Day: January 

One Day in Fremantle is an inclusive alternative to Australia Day. In previous years, the dates have fallen on the 25th, 27th or 28th of January, this year One Day will be held on the 24th.

National Apology Anniversary: 13 February

National Apology Anniversary recognises the formal apology made on 13 February 2008 by the Australian Government and the Parliament of Australia to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and in particular to the Stolen Generations.

National Close the Gap Day: 15 March

National Close the Gap Day gives people the opportunity to show their support for closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. It is chance for organisations and communities to hold events and raise awareness of the Indigenous health crisis.

National Sorry Day: 26 May

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 Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 following the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report, Bringing Them Home: The ‘Stolen Children’ report (1997) which recommended that a national day of observance be declared.

National Reconciliation Week: 27 May–3 June

Each year, National Reconciliation Week celebrates the rich culture and history of the first Australians. The week provides an opportunity to reflect on achievements and the things which must still be done to achieve reconciliation. This year marks Reconciliation Australia's 20th Anniversary. The theme for the year is More than a word, Reconciliation takes action, urging the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. 

Mabo Day: 3 June

Mabo Day marks the anniversary of the High Court of Australia’s judgement in 1992 in the Mabo case. This is a day of particular significance for Torres Strait Islander people.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day: 4 August

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day was established by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) in 1988. Each year, SNAICC has a theme for Children's Day to highlight a significant issue, concern or hope for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People: 9 August

The United Nations' International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on 9 August each year to promote and protect the rights of the World’s Indigenous population. This event also recognises the achievements and contributions that Indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

Indigenous Literacy Day: September 5

Indigenous Literacy Day is held to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.

National NAIDOC Week: 8–15 Nov

NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The week is celebrated not just within the Indigenous community, but also increasingly in government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces. Wherever you live, taking part in NAIDOC Week is a great way to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to build bridges between all Australians.

As part of NAIDOC Week celebrations 2020, the City of Fremantle in collaboration with the Walyalup Reconciliation AP Working Group would like to celebrate the achievements of a community member through the Sealin Garlett Community Leadership Award which honours the late Reverend Sealin Garlett who was an outstanding contributor towards reconciliation both to the Nyoongar community ad non-aboriginal community of Perth. Nominations are now closed.

What's on

Keep an eye on our What's On page to see the latest events celebrating Aboriginal culture. 

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