Our Survival Day 2024
We would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians across Australia, extending this acknowledgement to all our stolen children yet to find home, and to all First Nations people across the world. Thank you to all of our ancestors who protected and nurtured the land for us.
Our Survival Day is brought to you by Our Songlines, a 100% Aboriginal-owned and woman-led organisation that is passionate about making Indigenous culture accessible to First Nations and allies, in a supportive, safe environment.
We are honoured to be hosting Our Survival Day at The Briars, Mt Martha on Bunurong land, of the Boon Wurrung Language within the Kulin Nation, amongst Indigenous plants, trees, birds, and habitat for wildlife.
With a focus on Indigenous education, cultural entertainment, food and sustainability through the theme of ‘Keep Surviving’, Our Survival Day 2024 will have something for everyone. 2023 has seen racism at an all time peak, hate speech normalised by politicians and media vilianising mob. 'Keep Surviving' is a place to be proud, vulnerable and supported. It is a culturally safe and environmentally friendly space set amongst the hills of The Briars. You will feel the connection as soon as you walk onto Bunurong land: be welcomed by the trees, the birds, the First Nations musical voices, the smell of Indigenous bush foods, friends enjoying picnics and playing games, cultural workshops, dancing, families of diverse backgrounds and many activities to participate in at your leisure. This is an all-inclusive supportive space, so if you have any requirements you’d like us to accommodate please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We have created this event as an alternative to Australia Day. Lets practice in and learn culture, not forget it.
Our 2022 & 2023 event was completely carbon positive, we intend on expanding our green initiatives to ensure we leave the land better then when we started.
Our Survival Day vendors, artists, stallholders and workshops will be caring for country by using environmentally responsible packaging, materials, and saying no single use plastics. We will also be planting trees to offset our carbon emissions from the event. You will find bins around the event including composting and recycling - with our aim to reduce our waste consumption as much as we can.
We are grateful to be on this land and we hope you will join us in gratitude by respecting the natural environment and leaving the site as clean as when you arrive. We encourage you to bring your reusable items with you including your keep cup, a drink bottle which you can fill up on the day, and of course - a bag to store your goodies purchased on the day supporting Blak businesses.
Our Songlines ensures that all activity selection, supervision and management practices are child safe.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will have access to FREE tickets. This is in line with the Australian laws.
Getting to the event/transport:
Limited free parking is available on site, however we encourage you to ride share with friends and family, bike to the event, catch public transport, or use other alternative transport options to reduce the environmental impact of the day and connect to the country you are on.