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Feeling confused or overwhelmed by the January 26 debate? The first step to having a respectful discussion is knowing more about the issue.

Australia day

January 26, the day the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Cove, is a distressing day for some people as it marks the loss of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and culture.

While the debate around changing the date isn’t new, community advocacy means this year the conversation is growing even louder.


One example of this is when Triple J announced its iconic Hottest 100 celebration has been moved from January 26 to January 27 after an online survey showed the majority of its listeners supported the date change.


Whether you celebrate, mourn, march or ignore January 26, it’s important to be informed. Here are some great links we found to get you up to speed...

From attending a cultural event to committing to a conversation, here are 10 ways to put your new knowledge into action.

There are two sides to the story of what January 26 marks for Australians. Here’s a timeline of the day from 16,000BCE to 2017.

Did you know that the Aboriginal flag and the Australian flag were only raised together on the Sydney Harbour Bridge for Australia Day from 2013? 10 other things you should know about January 26 here.

You might have heard different names for the day, like Australia Day, Survival Day, Day of Mourning or Invasion Day. Find out what’s behind the names.

A neat outline of January 26’s history, and some interesting personal reflections about the day.

What can I do now?

  • Chat to other young people about your feelings around Australia Day on our forums.
  • If you’re feeling affected by Australia Day or the debate surrounding it, talk to a trusted friend or family member, or a helpline.
  • Get up to speed on how to have a respectful discussion.
  • Visit Yarn Safe for culturally specific information.