The national peak for Indigenous childcare says celebrating the day of invasion is hurtful and the Government needs to engage in truth telling processes.

As everyone heads out heads out to mark January 26 in the way they do, the Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care says the trauma children and families have experienced needs to be recognised.

Acting CEO of SNAICC and co-chair of Family Matters, Sue-Anne Hunter says January 26 is not a day to celebrate.

She says there needs to be more truth telling for Australians to actually move forward together.