2015 Significant cultural dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

21 January 2015

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13th February - Anniversary of the National Apology to Australian Indigenous People
The Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples was delivered by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on February 13, 2008, and acknowledged in particular the Stolen Generations.

19th March - Closing the Gap Day

21st March - Harmony Day
Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

26th May - National Sorry Day
National Sorry Day is an annual day of commemoration and remembrance of all those who have been impacted by past government policies of forcible removal that have resulted in the Stolen Generations. The theme continues as 'SORRY. Still Living on Borrowed Time!'

27th May - 3rd June - Reconciliation Week
The dates commemorate two significant milestones for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples:
1. The 1967 referendum
2. The 1992 High Court Mabo decision

5th - 11th July - NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in July to observe the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

4th August - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day
“National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is the largest national day to celebrate our children.

9th August - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

3rd September - Indigenous Literacy Day

Further information for schools with activities and links will be made available closer to the respective dates.