The significance of 26 January – respecting all perspectives

Monash Health is committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, employees and community at all times throughout the year but would like to highlight the additional challenges faced around 26 January.

Monash Health acknowledges the impact that 26 January has on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and that not all communities celebrate this date from the same perspective.

We ask you to be mindful of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community that access our services and our fellow colleagues, when we acknowledge this date, to ensure we do so respectfully and in a way that is inclusive of all perspectives.

There are a number of events held in Melbourne to acknowledge the significance of the date of 26 January from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Please ensure that if you plan on attending any events that you familiarise yourself with the COVID safe plan of the event and be aware that numbers are limited.

Share The Spirit Festival
A celebration of Survival. A day of First Nations music, art and culture. Share The Spirit Festival is proudly hosted by Songlines Aboriginal Music Organisation in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne.

12pm
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Free Event

Day of Mourning 2021 – Dawn Service
Victorian NAIDOC Committee will host a dawn service at Kings Domain to pay respect to ancestors, elders and community that make up the nations of Victoria.

5am
King’s Domain Gardens
Free Event



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