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Invasion Day Events 2022

January 26 is a day of mourning for First Nations people, also known as Invasion Day, or Survival Day. 

There are many reasons why January 26 is controversial, painful and traumatic for First Nations people. We acknowledge the violent and devastating history of colonisation in Australia since 1788 and the effects of colonisation that are ongoing today. 

We acknowledge the legacy of racism that plays out in Australian society, the land that is destroyed, the families that are ripped apart by the judicial system and health inequalities that continue to effect First Nations communities.

We acknowledge that we organise across stolen land, where the sovereign peoples of these lands have survived many apocalypses, and continue to do so with creativity, strength and power. We pay respect to Elders, past, present and emerging. 


This year's Invasion Day is especially significant with the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in so-called Canberra. This site has been a significant presence in First Nations politics, as it is a constant reminder to the Australian government Aboriginal people all over the nation should have the right to preserve and protect their respective Countries and culture. Although the embassy began as a small group of people with beach umbrellas protesting land rights, it’s become a beacon of hope for self-determination and sovereignty across the continent. 

Don't celebrate - Donate! Please support one of the world's longest continuing protest sites here. 

Invasion Day events across the continent.

*Please check the event itself for updates in the lead up to the date*

We also ask that you remain diligent in staying home if you are showing symptoms to Covid, are a close contact or think you may have been exposed to Covid-19. True solidarity includes looking out for one another on the ground.


Ngunnawal Country / Canberra

50th Anniversary Aboriginal Tent Embassy

25th, 26th and 27th January 3-day event here.

Muslims of Australia Standing in Solidarity 50 Years of Resisting Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

9:00am 26th Parliament House, Canberra

Details here.


Wurundjeri Country / Narrm / Melbourne

Share the Spirit Festival.

1.00pm Hosted by Share the Spirit. Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Details here.

Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung / Merri Creek

Talking Merri Birrarung (Part 2)

26th January on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country where the Merri flows into Birrarung (Yarra River). Hosted by Merri Creek Management Committee

6-7pm. Must register here.

Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung / Essendon

Bunjil's Marroun Healing Ceremony

5pm Woodlands Park, Woodland Street, Essendon

Details here.

Yaluk-ut Weelam of the Boon Wurrung / St Kilda

We-Akon Dilinja (Mourning-Reflection ceremony).

Hosted by the Boonwurrung Land and Sea Council (BLSC)

5:45am-7am Alfred Square, St Kilda

Details here.

Wurundjeri Country / Belgrave

Belgrave Survival Day 15th Anniversary.

Hosted by Belgrave Survival Day

12:00pm Borthwick Park Belgrave

Details here.

Boon Wurrung / Glen Eira

Koori Chill Out 2022

5:30pm Booran Reserve, corner Booran and Glenhuntly Roads, Glen Huntly

Details here.

Bunarong Country / Mount Martha

Our Survival Day 2022 - Reconnection.

Hosted by Our Songlines

12:00pm The Briars 450 Nepean Highway Mount Martha, VIC 3934

Details here.

Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung / Malvern

Healing Ceremony.

Hosted by Stonnington City Council

11.45am Malvern Cricket ground, corner of High Street and Glenferrie Road, Malvern

Details here.

Dja Dja Wurrung Country / Castlemaine

Survival Day Community Event.

Hosted by Mount Alexander Shire Council

10am-1:30pm Victory Park, 30 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine

Details here.

Gunditjmara Country / Portland

Smoking ceremony.

Hosted by Gunditjmara Peoples

9:00am Gunditj Kilcarer Country. 37-39 Beach Road, Allestree VIC 3305, Australia.

We ask that those able to attend this event bring with them a wreath or bunch of native flowers/plants to place on the beaches.

A second smoking ceremony. 

12:00pm ‘Ploughed Field’ 141–151 Bentinck Street, Portland VIC 3305, Australia at.

Both details here.

Wadawurrung Country / Ballarat

Survival Day Dawn Ceremony 2022.

Hosted by Ballarat Koorie Engagement Action Group

5:30am Viewpoint, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat.

Details here.

Millewa-Mallee / Mildura

Survival Day March from Langtree Mall to Murray River

3pm Langtree Mall, Mildura

Details here.


Gadigal Country / Warrang / Sydney

Invasion Day - Survival Day - Day of Mourning March.

10:00am Sydney Town Hall 83 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

Details here.

Gadigal Country / Warrang / Sydney

Yabun Festival.

Hosted by Yabun Festival and Koori Radio

11:00am Victoria Park, Parramatta Rd, Broadway Sydney, NSW, Australia 2008

Details here.

Awabakal and Woirimi Country / Newcastle

Day of Mourning.

Hosted by Justice Aunties

10:00am Foreshore Park, Wharf Road, Newcastle East

Details here.

Wiradjuri Country / Griffith

12:00pm Survival Day 2022.

Hosted by the Griffith Local Aboriginal Land Council

5 Wayeela St, Griffith NSW 2680

Details here.


Lutruwita Country / Tasmania

Online Invasion Day Rally.

11:45am Hosted by Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

Details here.


Bindal and Wulgurukaba Country / Townsville

Dawn Service and Survival Day.

Hosted by Blak Art Markets Tsv

6:00am Strand Park Beach, Townsville

Both here.

Yuggera Country / Meanjin / Brisbane

Annual Survival Day Ceremony.

Hosted by Benarrawa Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Solidarity Group

7:15am Gather at the bronze canoe, near Simpson’s Playground, end of Graceville Avenue, Graceville

Details here.

Yuggera Country / Meanjin / Brisbane

Brisbane Invasion Day Rally 2022.


9:00am Brisbane Parliament House 2A George St Brisbane.

Details here.


Whadjuk Noongar Country / Boorloo / Perth

Perth Invasion Day 2022.

2:00pm, 200 Murray Street, Perth WA Perth, WA, Australia 6000

Details here.


Kaurna Country / Adelaide

Survival Day 2022

12:30pm Tarndanyangga / Victoria Square

Details here.

We acknowledge that this year especially, it will be hard for people to attend in-person events due to Covid. 

See below for a number of online events and self-study options.

Online Events

Victorian NAIDOC presents '2022 Invasion Day Dawn Service'

Wed, 26 January 2022 6:15 AM – 7:15 AM AEDT ONLINE

Invasion Day Dawn Service virtual event - online for the safety of communities, First Nations’ allies and supporters.

Invasion Day Webinar hosted by Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Jan 21, 2022 01:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Register Here

Event Streaming / Radio Broadcasts

Wurundjeri Country / Narrm / Melbourne

3CR Community Radio 855AM

Live Rally Broadcast

Black Fire Seminars: hosted by The Melbourne School of Discontent

#1 Prof Gary Foley

Sat, 22 January 2022 Online 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM AEDT Tickets here.

#2 Film Screening "Ningla Ana"
Sat, 22 January 2022 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM AEST Tickets here.

#3 Jacqui Katona

Sun, 23 January 202210:00 AM – 11:00 AM AEST Tickets here.

#4 Tony Birch

Sun, 23 January 2022 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM AEST Tickets here.

Self Study

Frontier Wars Stories Podcast, Hosted by Boe Spearim

The Koori History Project Website, Created by Prof Gary Foley

The Killing Times: a massacre map of Australia's frontier wars, The Guardian

History of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Timeline - Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Decolonising Solidarity - What can I do?

Some advice for white activists in Australia

We look forward to seeing a powerful day of resistance and solidarity!

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