Wednesday 2 September 2020 - a national celebration! 

Indigenous Literacy Day is fast approaching! We are excited to invite you to our national, virtual Youtube Live Premiere event at 12.30pm on Wednesday 2 September for a celebration of Indigenous language and literacy. In previous years, this celebration has taken place at Sydney Opera House with children from remote communities, local schools, ILF ambassadors and supporters. This year, due to COVID-19, it is open for the first time to everyone - Australia-wide!

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Indigenous Literacy Day - YouTube Live Premiere, 12.30pm

Our 45 minute celebratory event will go live on Youtube at 12.30pm. This fast-paced, highly visual celebration is designed to engage the nation in the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' first languages and why learning in first language is key for improving remote Indigenous children's educational outcomes.

ILF Ambassadors, Jessica Mauboy will sing an Australian favourite and Anita Heiss, Andy Griffiths, Alison Lester, Shelley Ware and ILF co-Patron June Oscar AO will be joined by kids and community members - from Tiwi Islands and Jilkminggan in the Northern Territory and Bidyadanga in Western Australia - sharing delightful stories and the value of language.

To watch the Premiere event simply visit our YouTube channel on the day and sit back and enjoy. And don’t worry if you miss it – it will stay on YouTube and you can watch it at any time that suits. Viewers are encouraged to donate a gold coin on the day of viewing. Funds go towards the purchase of books and learning resources for children in remote communities.

Click here for digital resources - social media tiles, posters, and web and email banners - to help you promote the Youtube Live Premiere Indigenous Literacy Day celebratory event to your colleagues, friends and family.

Please use hashtags #indigenousliteracy and #readingopensdoors, and remember to tag @IndigenousLiteracyFoundation on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, and @IndigenousLF on Twitter.

Primary and Early Learners: Indigenous Literacy Day, 2pm

Join us for a special 30-minute virtual celebration of Indigenous language and literacy to engage, inspire and delight preschool to primary students.

It’s a time to move, shake and dance with a book reading by Cheryl Lardy in Kriol and in English by Justine Clarke (Play School), with a catchy melody sung by Australia’s favourite pop star, Jessica Mauboy. Hosted by Indigenous author and performer Gregg Dreise, this event will be launched on our YouTube channel at 2pm on the day to enjoy. Children are encouraged to donate a gold coin on the day of viewing. Funds go towards the purchase of books and learning resources for children in remote communities.

Click here for digital resources - social media tiles, posters and a banner - to help you promote the Primary and Early Learners Indigenous Literacy Day celebratory event to primary schools, libraries, early learning and childcare centres, and young families.

Please use hashtags #indigenousliteracy and #readingopensdoors, and remember to tag @IndigenousLiteracyFoundation on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn, and @IndigenousLF on Twitter.

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If you are a school, bookseller, publisher, library, business, organisation or individual, you can also contribute and celebrate this day by: