What is Invasion Day/Survival Day?
There are an increasing number of alternative community events and rallies reflecting on past injustices, recognition of resilience and resistance, and pride in culture.
All Australians can make personal choices about the way in which they choose to mark and think about the day.
‘Survival Day’ emphasises the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture in the face of colonisation, dispossession, and ongoing inequality. It reflects on the resilience and endurance of First Nations Peoples, whose cultures are one of the oldest continuing cultures in human history.
‘Invasion Day’ emphasises the British invasion and occupation of First Nations Peoples’ land and the ongoing struggle for self-determination and social justice.