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How are you celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day? 


Indigenous Literacy Day: celebrating stories and language

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, along with Jessica Mauboy, Gregg Dreise, Shelley Ware and Archie Roach, is excited to celebrate and share the unique stories and languages of First Nations peoples and communities in a virtual program launched for Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) on Wednesday, 1 September.

Celebrating the rich cultural diversity of communities that are located in the heart of Australia, the Torres Strait Islands, the Kimberley and the Tiwi Islands, the 2021 ILD program captures the voice and hearts of children and Elders telling their stories: on Country, in beautiful books created in language, in song, in story, and, most importantly, in language.

This free, virtual event will go live online from 9am on Wednesday, 1 September. Register to secure your virtual seat at

‘We are storytellers of more than 65,000 years, and we love to share our knowledge with all Australians.’
—Shelley ware, educator, presenter and ILF ambassador.


A special event for primary and early learners!

In collaboration with Sydney Opera House, this year’s event will also feature a special 25-minute fun and engaging event for younger viewers aged 4–11.

Hosted by Indigenous author and performer Gregg Dreise, and including two beautiful animations of our books, it is not to be missed! If you are a teacher, librarian or parent, be sure to register for this event at


Learn more about Indigenous Literacy Day from ILF ambassador Jessica Mauboy!

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has also put together a suite of digital and print resources for you to download and use to promote and celebrate the day within your school, workplace or community. Check them out here.

 We hope to see you there!




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