International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world's Indigenous populations. This event also recognises the achievements and contributions that Indigenous peoples make to improve world issues, such as environmental protection.
Leaving no one behind
This year, we’ll be hosting Thomas Mayor to discuss the significance of this day, across the world. The theme of our event will be “Leaving no one behind.”
We’ll look at the importance of empowering First Nations people around the world, and the call for a social contract. Thomas will share his experiences fighting for constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians, and explore its potential impacts for future generations.
During the event, you'll have the opportunity to interact with Thomas, and learn more about why many Indigenous Australians believe strongly in constitutional recognition for their communities. You'll also have the chance to win one of twenty signed copies of Thomas Mayor's books.
Date: Monday 9 August
Time: 10 - 11AM (AEST)
About Thomas Mayor
Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin. As an Islander growing up on the mainland, he learned to hunt traditional foods with his father and to island dance from the Darwin community of Torres Strait Islanders. In high school, Thomas’s English teacher suggested he should become a writer, and that he did.
Thomas Mayor’s books include:
- Finding our Heart: A Story about the Uluru Statement for Young Australians
- Finding the Heart of the Nation: The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth
- Dear Son: Letters and Reflections from First Nations Fathers and Sons
- Freedom Day: Vincent Lingiari and the Story of the Wave Hill Walk-Off
Read more about Thomas Mayor here.