The True Meaning of “Australia Day” to Aboriginal People

Celebrated each year on 26 January, Australia Day marks the anniversary of British ships first landing at Port Jackson, New South Wales and the raising of the British flag at Sydney Cove. But ask aboriginal people of the land, and they’ll tell you that Australia Day is no occasion for cheering. In a video produced by BuzzFeed, they profess the immense heartache that comes with the date—which is oftentimes called “Survival Day” or “Invasion Day”—when their ancestors faced murder, rape and an attempt to destroy their culture. Head to YouTube to watch their reactions.