Invasion Day is sometimes referred to as Survival Day and is held on what most Australians refer to as Australia Day, the 26th of January each year. The day commemorates the original invasion of the continent by the English colonisers, and the continued oppression of Aboriginal people since that time.
Every community around Australia is different, and in some communities there is no official recognition of this day with an official event. In Brisbane, however, the community holds an official march and oftentimes a concert.
While there are also some Aboriginal people who now recognise and participate in Australia Day celebrations, Invasion Day / Survival Day continues to remain a focal point for many peoples.
What happens around the country?
- In Brisbane, Invasion Day is commemorated by an official gathering (in previous years at Roma Street Forum in later years outside Parliament House) and then a protest march through the city streets, across the Grey Street Bridge over the Southbank, culminating in a gathering at Jagera Hall, near Musgrave Park.
- In Sydney, Survival Day is commemorated by the Yabun Festival.
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