Invasion Day Rally and Yabun Festival on 26th January 2022

Australia Day is observed annually on 26th January. It marks the 1788 landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove and the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Australia Day is known as Invasion Day or Survival Day and has become a day of mourning for what unfolded after the landing of the First Fleet — the colonisation and dispossession of First Nations people.

In recognition of this history, rallies and gatherings will be held in capital cities around the country calling for action on a range of issues including transparency around Indigenous deaths in custody, the inclusion of First Nations people in the Australian constitution and changing the date of Australia Day.

Below are the details of the Invasion Day Rally and the Yabun Festival to be held in Sydney on 26 January. Organisers of the rally and march are dedicated to ensuring the rally is strictly COVID safe, with protesters asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing throughout the event or to stay home if feeling unwell.

Invasion Day 2022 rally

Meet at 10.00am at the Sydney Town Hall, before a silent march to Australia Hall on Elizabeth Street, following the steps of the 1938 Day of Mourning, before proceeding to the Yabun Festival at Victoria Park.

Yabun Festival

Celebrating 20 years, Yabun will be held in Victoria Park near Broadway this year.  It will also be streamed on the Yabun Festival website and on Koori Radio 93.7FM from 12.00pm.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Yabun stage will be held once again at the Seymour Centre across the road as a ticketed event. The Yabun Stage will have very limited attendance, while Speak Out and Corroboree are closed events and will be live-streamed only.

More information

(1) Rona Glynn-McDonald, ‘Invasion Day (Australia Day)’, Common Ground, Jan 15, 2022
(2) Laura Murphy-Oates, ‘Invasion Day: how to ‘pay the rent’ ‘, The Guardian, Jan 26, 2022.  Interview with Greens senator Lidia Thorpe and First Nations author Veronica Gorrie on how to ‘pay the rent’ this invasion day.
(3) Richard Flanagan, ‘Australia Day is an annual reminder of the theft of a nation. As it is, it can never unite us’, The Guardian, Jan 25, 2021.

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