Indigenous Literacy Day is a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. Through activities on the day, we focus our attention on the disadvantages experienced in remote communities and encourage the rest of Australia to raise funds and advocate for more equal access to literacy resources for remote communities. Whether you are a school, bookseller, publisher, library, business, organisation or individual, here are some ways you can participate on this day:
This year Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) was celebrated on Wednesday 6 September 2017. Events launching four beautiful books from students representing over 15 remote communities were held in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
In Melbourne ambassadors Andy Griffiths and Jared Thomas joined students from the Tiwi Islands at Federation Square to launch their book, Shallow in the Deep End, the tale of a water buffalo who thinks he is a pet dog. In Perth students from four remote communities, Tjuntjuntjara, Mt Margaret, Laverton and Menzies gathered at the State Library of Western Australia to launch I Open the Door, an imaginative collection of stories that each start and end with opening a door. In Brisbane, as part of the Brisbane Writer’s Festival, our Patron the Hon Quentin Bryce and Founder Suzy Wilson joined students from some of Queensland’s most isolated communities boarding at Concordia Lutheran College to launch Two Ways Strong, inspired by their experience making the transition to boarding school. And at the Sydney Opera House, ILF ambassadors Josh Pyke, Anita Heiss and Alison Lester joined elders and students from Yakanarra in WA, to launch their book, Yakanarra Song Book featuring songs in Walmajarri language. Read more here.
Also on this day, over 700 schools and workplaces around the country held a Great Book Swap or fundraiser to advocate and raise funds for Indigenous literacy. Thank you to everyone involved for your support in making it a truly national celebration for literacy in remote Australia.