On January 26, we acknowledge the history and culture of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
January 26 is a day of mourning, pain and disconnection for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community.
For this reason, we decided this was not an appropriate date for us to celebrate our national day.
We hope that as a nation, we can find a day that is inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We also support the Change the Date campaign, which calls on the Australian government to change our national celebration to a date that is inclusive of all Australians.
The unanimous decision to change the way we mark January 26 was made by Yarra City Council on 15 August 2017 (read the full Council resolution).
- Learn more online about the Aboriginal history of Yarra.
- Discover the wisdom and stories of Yarra’s elders and ancestors through the Yalinguth walking tour app.
- Find out more about events and news on the Celebrating Aboriginal Culture in Yarra Facebook page.
Translated information sheets
You can download information about January 26 and our decision in the following languages: