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Indigenous community events

USQ supports a number of significant Indigenous community events, including:

  • Day of Mourning/Survival Day – on the Australia Day public holiday, the Indigenous community celebrates the survival of the Indigenous cultures
  • Harmony Day – a day that encourages tolerance between all Australians regardless of heritage or cultural background
  • National Sorry Day – marks the anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
  • National Reconciliation Week – this week is celebrated with activities across Australia, ending with Mabo Day
  • Mabo Day – commemorates the 1992 High Court decision that recognised the existence of native title rights in Australia
  • Coming of Light Festival – the day Torres Strait Islanders commemorate with religious and cultural ceremonies the day in 1871 when the London Missionary Society first arrived in the Torres Strait
  • National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) – a week that celebrates Aboriginal and Islander people and culture
  • National Aboriginal and Islander Day – first observed in 1988 each year, this day is marked with a special theme each year
  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous People – a day marked to recognise Indigenous history, culture, languages, rights and aspirations throughout the world
  • Moving forward together forum – an interactive forum between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in the spirit of reconciliation

Want more information?

For more information or to become involved in these special events, please contact the College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research.