Community Calendar

Yorta Yorta kids learning and continuing their living culture.
Yorta Yorta kids learning and continuing their living culture.

Yorta Yorta is committed to providing the best service possible to its community. We have in conjunction with other Aboriginal organisations in our traditional area developed a community calendar, so that you can view all activities, meetings, events, etc and keep up to date with what is going on in your community.

We will be adding to this page regularly so make sure that you come and visit often. If you think that there should be other Aboriginal organisations events on this calendar please drop us a line or email from the contacts page.

Upcoming Events

Cummeragunja Walk-off
Jack Patten goes to Cummeragunja in late January 1939 to talk to the residents about their failed campaign to remove manager A.J Quiggan. As a result of Patten’s advice 200 Cummeragunja residents decide to ‘walk-off’ the reserve in protest at APB policies. Patten goes to Barmah to telegram an urgent message to the NSW Premier demanding an immediate inquiry into McQuiggan’s ‘intimidation, starvation and victimisation’ which, he said, was the cause of the protest. McQuiggan’s response was to call in police and have Patten and his brother George arrested for ‘incitement’. 200 of Cummergunja residents cross the Murray River into Victoria and set up camp at Barmah. Then they move to places such as Moama, Echuca and Shepparton to start a new life.
Sorry Day
January 26, 1788 was the date on which Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales. In the early 1880s the day was known as 'First Landing', 'Anniversary Day' or 'Foundation Day'. In 1946 the Commonwealth and State governments agreed to unify the celebrations on January 26 as 'Australia Day'. The day became a public holiday in 1818 (the 30th anniversary). To many Indigenous peoples there is little to celebrate and it is a commemoration of a deep loss. Loss of their sovereign rights to their land, loss of family, loss of the right to practice their culture. Aboriginal people call it 'Invasion Day', 'Day of Mourning', 'Survival Day' or, since 2006, 'Aboriginal Sovereignty Day'. The latter name reflects that all Aboriginal nations are sovereign and should be united in the continuous fight for their rights. As a consequence Australia Day is disputed and many Australians call for a new day which all Australians could celebrate.
NAIDOC week 6-13 JULY 2014
NAIDOC stands for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For many Aboriginal people a NAIDOC ball is the highlight of the year and they travel hundreds to kilometres to reconnect with their families, to network and meet other members of their communities.
Aboriginal Flag first flown
The Australian Aboriginal Flag was designed by artist Harold Thomas and first flown at Victoria Square in Adelaide, South Australia, on National Aborigines Day, 12 July 1971. The Torres Strait Islander Flag was designed by the late Bernard Namok in 1992 as a symbol of unity and identity for Torres Strait Islanders. After a period of public consultation, in July 1995 both flags were proclaimed a 'Flag of Australia' by the Australian government.
National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day
National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NAICD) officially started by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) in 1988. The day aims to focus on themes related to Indigenous children like poverty, education access and pride in culture. "We want [Aboriginal kids] to flourish, achieve their greatest potential and enjoy the same quality of life as all other Australian children," says SNAICC chair Murial Blamblett [2]. See for more information.