Australia Day – debate over its date, meaning and representation has been happening for decades.
On 26th January 1938, while state premiers celebrated the 150th anniversary together in Sydney, Aboriginal leaders met there for a Day of Mourning to protest their mistreatment by white Australians and to seek full citizen rights.
Since then, many Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, alongside many other Australians, continue to observe this date as a Day of Mourning, in recognition of the hardships faced by their ancestors and the beginning of their dispossession.
Until there is formal resolution of the date at a national level, did you know there are ways that you and your organisation can #changethedate?
Change it Ourselves provides useful tools and tips on how you can do this, so we can move one step closer to finding a date that all Australians can celebrate.