Indigenous Literacy Day 2024

Come with us on a joyful adventure!

Join us as we take you on an exciting journey into three First Nations Communities across Australia. 

We’re visiting Cunnamulla in Queensland, Vincentia in New South Wales and the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory. We’ll be sharing stories, cultures and languages in a day featuring many Proud Voices. 

Do you know what a Moondagutta is? Ever heard of Booglies? Watch the FILM and find out!

This year, we’re celebrating the theme ‘Be A Proud Voice for Country’. We’ll be sharing some of the deep and diverse ways children, Elders and families connect with Country; and the significance of Country in Aboriginal Communities.

You’ll learn about Dreaming stories from the riverbank in Cunnamulla; join teenagers as they explore culture through poetry and art in Vincentia; and hear incredible stories and songs from children and Elders on the Tiwi Islands. 


 Join the online celebration

In collaboration with the Communities we work with, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation has produced a FILM and a LIVESTREAM event. 

  • 15 minute FILM ‑ takes viewers into three Aboriginal Communities to learn about their unique stories, languages and cultures; and this year explores the significance of Country through many Proud Voices.

  • 45 minute LIVESTREAM ‑ this live event follows our FILM and takes place at Sydney Opera House, hosted by ILF Ambassadors. It’s a celebration of music, dance, art, language and storytelling. 

This is an action‑packed, joyful showcase; sharing stories, cultures and languages. It's an engaging and thought‑provoking adventure for early learners, primary students and adults.

 How to watch

To watch the FILM and LIVESTREAM you will need to register. Registrations opening soon.

Once registered, you will be sent a link that will become available to watch on Wednesday 4 September at 10.30am AEST.

Launching three beautiful new books

ngayawanj bagan‑nggul, ngayawanj barra barra‑nggul ‑ We belong to the land, We belong to the sea ‑ a heartfelt poetry collection from students at Vincentia High School, written with Kirli Saunders and Jaz Corr. 

From Dhurga Country, bagan, barra barra, mirriwarr ‑ The Boys Who Found Their Way, written by Vincentia High School students Tyran Uddin and Kayden Wellington with Kirli Saunders and Jaz Corr. 

Yaltji Ngayuku Papa? ‑ Where’s My Dog? is a story by students of Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School, Western Australia with Stewart Ennis and Ange Leech

About Indigenous Literacy Day 

Indigenous Literacy Day is proudly produced and presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

It’s an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Stories, Cultures, and Languages.

Indigenous Literacy Day is held on the first Wednesday of September ‑ this year Wednesday 4 September. We’re sharing the diversity of First Nations languages and cultures with audiences across Australia.

Other Ways to Engage

If you are a school, bookseller, publisher, library, business, organisation or individual, you can also contribute and celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day every year by:

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