January 26 is a sticking point for our nation - and it can be hard to know how to navigate the day. We have some ideas and resources to help you learn more, be inspired and find meaningful ways to respond on Australia Day.
How can I learn more about the issues surrounding Australia Day?
Our Pride and Pain timeline is designed to help Aussies engage with what January 26 means for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Click to view the timeline.
This article provides some more practical information on the day and the issues surrounding it, or you can read 10 things you should know about Australia Day on NITV.
10 things to do this Australia Day
There are lots of different ways you can respond to what you’ve been learning - here's just a few ideas:
1. Attend an event. There are lots of events on all around Australia that you can attend to show your solidarity with Indigenous Australians. These include Invasion Day events and Survival Day celebrations.
2. Do what you’d usually do - but commit to having a conversation about what Australia Day really means. Use the facts on our timeline to get things started. Tell someone something you learned that surprised you. Ask them why they like to celebrate being Australian, and remember to listen and be open to hearing their point of view. Send them the link to the Pride and Pain timeline afterwards!
3. Explore your local area. Get to know the history and culture; your local council is a good place to start. On Australia Day, you might like to attend or create your own tour, visiting landmarks that are important for local Indigenous people.
5. Share our timeline on social media. It might feel like a small gesture, but it can make a world of difference for someone just starting out on their learning journey.
6. Share an acknowledgment on social media. Pay your respects to the Traditional Custodians of the land you live on, or perhaps the land you’re spending Australia Day on. Common Grace have created a great tool to help you to do this.
7. Change your facebook profile pic frame (details coming soon)
8. Work on Australia Day and take another day off. Many employment contracts are set up to allow you to substitute a public holiday. Check out Change It Ourselves for more information.
9. Think about what your workplace can do. There are many ways workplaces can show solidarity, such as making a public statement of acknowledgment, attending an event or watching a documentary together during the week.
10. Chat to your kids about our history. Find out what they know and ask what they think your family could do on Australia Day. Host a family movie night and watch an Indigenous movie or read some Indigenous-authored Children’s Books.
Above all, remember: unity should be the outcome.
The conversation about Australia Day can get fired up, divisive and accusatory. But the further apart we get - the less likely we are to reach an outcome. Now more than ever, it’s important that we listen to one another, that we are informed about the facts, and that we seek to find a shared identity that includes all Australians, whether their ancestry reaches back tens of thousands of years, a hundred years, or they’ve just arrived.