Indigenous Literacy Day goes live around Australia

Wednesday 2 September 2020
12.30pm  on the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s YouTube channel
2pm  on the Sydney Opera House YouTube channel

This 45-minute celebratory event, designed especially for children aged 3 to 11, will inspire the community about the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s first languages and why learning in language is important.

It will feature ILF Ambassador Jessica Mauboy and long-time supporter Archie Roach.

Tina Ray, from the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, talks to Barbie

Kids and community members from Tiwi Islands and Jilkminggan in the Northern Territory and Bidyadanga in Western Australia will share their stories.  Cheryl Lardy will read Yu sabi densdensbad? (Can You Dance?) in Kriol and Justine Clarke will read it in English.

ILF Ambassadors including Andy Griffiths, Shelley Ware, Alison Lester, Josh Pyke, Natalie Ahmat, Jared Thomas and Anita Heiss, co-patron June Oscar AO and long-time ILF supporter, Archie Roach, will also share their insights and stories of community engagement. Jessica Mauboy will, of course, be singing.

In previous years, this celebration has taken place at the Sydney Opera House with children from remote communities, local schools and ILF ambassadors and supporters. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, it will now be streamed.

The Foundation’s Indigenous Literacy Day YouTube events provide an opportunity to share and enlighten others of how positive, community-led engagement makes a difference.

The Foundation is encouraging everyone to donate. Every $10 puts a book into the hands of a child in remote Australia. To donate go to

You can also purchase books in a variety of Indigenous languages at your local bookstore.