Federation Square and the Koorie Heritage Trust invite you to celebrate Mabo Day with the Torres Strait Islander community to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Mabo Decision. Join in at Deakin Edge: bring blankets and a picnic to share, sit and enjoy live music, performances and family activities.
What is the Mabo Decision?
Mabo vs Queensland was a landmark case, in which Eddie Mabo challenged the notion of 'Terra Nullius'; that Australia was a 'land belonging to no one', in the High Court of Australia. His victory and the resulted in Native Title rights for Indigenous people in Australia for the first time since colonisation. On 3 June 1992, it was ruled that the Meriam people of the Murray Islands were entitled to the possession, occupation, use and enjoyment of the Murray Islands, setting a precedent for Native Title cases throughout Australia
To celebrate this landmark case, enjoy a great programme of live Torres Strait Islander performances including music and entertainment, hosted by singer and actor Lisa Maza. Highlights include the internationally acclaimed Gerib Sik Torres Strait Island Dance Troupe, Luke Captain and Monica Weightman and The Black Sistaz. There will be plenty of kids' activities too.