Survival Day

Survival Day

Sun, Jan. 26, 2020


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Australia Day is not a celebration for all Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples mark this day as Survival Day. Since colonisation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been subjected to government-sanctioned violence, policies that removed children from families, the removal of people from their lands and the denial of self-determination.

It is marked by events such as the Survival Day Concert first held in Sydney in 1992. Survival Day was formerly referred to as ‘Invasion Day’ and has since been referred to as Survival Day because the Aboriginal people ‘survived’ the invasion.