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ILF logo small 4It's nearly INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY!   
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Wednesday 4 September

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Join our national celebration

Wednesday 4 September

Thank you to all the schools who have registered to be part of Indigenous Literacy Day. Whether you are holding a fundraiser on the day, or have already had your event, ask your students to take a moment on September 4 to consider the role that literacy plays in their lives.

In addition to your event, we encourage you to:
Speak about the importance of the day and play our short film
at your assembly.

Share the love of books by supporting our Get Caught Reading campaign.

Connect with us on social media! If you are holding a Great Book Swap or other fundraiser, spread the word. Like us on Facebook, write about what you are doing on our Facebook wall. On Twitter: our Twitter handle is @IndigenousLF Please use hashtags #ILD2013 and #greatbookswap 

Let us know how your day went. Email images and stories to


The Friend's School Tasmania

This is an extraordinary story where the whole community embraced our cause and raised nearly $6,000.

 "There was a real buzz among the students swapping and buying books," said Naomi Connor, teacher at The Friend's School Tasmania. As well as the Great Book Swap, which was held as part of the Children's Book Week celebrations, there was a quiz night and staff morning tea.

 QLD school's inspiring journey

"Reading gives you power," says Cheryl Cavanagh, teacher librarian of St Peter Chanel Primary School, The Gap, who raised over $1,200 during Book Week for our Foundation.
"Our school has a very strong social justice ethic. We also have a fantastic resourced library so it was good for the students to learn that some remote Indigenous communities do not have the same opportunities or access to resources."

Anita Heiss at St Peter Chanel

Over 400 students at St Peter Chanel PS, aged 5-12 years old, worked with Dr Anita Heiss to write and prepare a book covering a series of topics including totems, sacred places, identity and the Stolen Generation. Their cumulative efforts were published and beautifully illustrated in a book called Where Our Journey Begins. In addition, each class's 'journey' was complimented by a series of stunning artwork painted on 18 chairs. These chairs were sold at two separate breakfasts during Book Week where Dr Heiss was a passionate and inspiring speaker.

Cheryl said that the project and resulting fundraiser marked a significant journey for the students and staff. "Our journey began by looking at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture and everyone has learnt so much about Indigenous culture."


St Peter Chanel PS's donation will be presented at a school assembly to Queensland-based Founder Suzy Wilson in the near future.

Note:  All schools can integrate topics from the curriculum. Register today and access our teacher resource kit to hold your school's event at a time to suit you.

What teachers are saying

"As a follow on to NAIDOC Week celebrations the Student Representative Council organised “Take the period off and read” initiative for Literacy week. Not only did this initiative make students aware of the issue of literacy in remote Indigenous communities, but it reinforced the pleasure of picking up a book and reading for the love of it!" 

Karen Hines, Newcastle High School.

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Students at Newcastle High School (c) Karen Hines

"Our school hosted the Great Book Swap during the National Literacy and Numeracy Week and the week after. We had a tremendous response from families with over 600 books collected, we managed to sell them all through gold coin donations and we raised $860 to go towards the Indigenous Literacy Foundation serving rural aboriginal communities with literacy resources."

Donna Synan, St Joseph's Primary School in Warragul.

"We held a Book Swap as part of NAIDOC Week. It was the first time we had done this and we were thrilled with the response we received from the students, staff and parents community. We plan to hold one in NAIDOC Week each year." 

Jan Saunders, McDowall State Primary School


Images from Camdenville PS

With your help we can make a real difference to remote Indigenous communities.

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