Significant Events

National Sorry Day (26 May)

The Bringing them Home report provided a recommendation that a national day be established to commemorate the history of the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families. This is known as National Sorry Day. Reconciliation Week follows National Sorry Day.

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week celebrates the rich history and culture of the first Australians. Join in the Reconciliation Week events in your local community, and continue the conversation by acknowledging the past and embracing the future.

Aboriginal Sunday

Aboriginal Sunday will be held on the first Sunday in July. NAIDOC Week follows Aboriginal Sunday. Check out National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATISICC) resources which includes an Aboriginal Sunday Liturgy.


National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) celebrations are held around Australia in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

National Apology Day to the Stolen Generation (13 February)

On 13 February 2008, as Parliament returned from its summer break, the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd moved a Motion of Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples in the House of Representatives, apologising for past laws, policies and practices that devastated Australia’s First Nations Peoples – in particular members of the Stolen Generations.