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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week

There’s no single strand to reconciliation and it is not an easy or straightforward process. What is clear however is that reconciliation is everyone’s business. It’s about building better relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community for the benefit of all Australians. If we are to improve these relationships we need more Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people and people from the wider community talking together about the issues and coming up with innovative ways to create positive change for the community.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

May 27 -Marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendumand a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

3 June, 1992 -The High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decisionwhich legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights called Native Title.

Programming for National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2017

In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’sreconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey. The theme for #NRW2017 is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council invites you to join in and celebrate our shared history, culture and achievements with these free events:

Friday 26 May - Sorry Day Morning Tea

In collaboration with Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council a Bushtucker Morning tea is being held to acknowledge National Sorry Day

Venue: Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council Aston Street Port Macquarie

Time: 10am

Saturday 27 May - Reconciliation Walk

Meet at Food for Less Car Park at 9:45am and walk to Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council in Aston Street via Westport Park.

Walk will commence at 10am.

A Bushtucker morning tea will be provided after the walk at Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council.

* Please use the form below to register for this event

Tuesday 30 May - Public Art Water Trail

Many of Councils public art installations honour and celebrate the Aboriginal Community. Visit Koree Island Pump Station, Cowarra Dam and Rosendahl Reserve.

Elders, artists and students, along with the wider community are invited to join a free tour of the Hastings Water Trail. This tour take in local water infrastructure and will provide an opportunity to view some of the site specific public artworks created in partnership with Mid North Coast TAFE, the local Aboriginal Land Councils, local artists and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The free bus tour will include:

  • 9.30am Pick-up/ leaving Birpai Aboriginal Land Council
  • 10.00am Bunyah Aboriginal Land Council
  • 10.15am Koree Island Pumping Station
  • 10.45am Morning Tea - Wauchope Water Treatment Plant
  • Slideshow of artists and artworks
  • 12.30pm BBQ Lunch - Cowarra Dam
  • 1.30pm Depart Cowarra Dam

* This is a free event maximum number of participants 30 allocated on first in first served basis. Please use the form below to register for this event

Thursday 1 June - Yun Yi Barragay Bushtucker Boardwalk Tour Sea Acres

Meet at 10am at Sea Acres

 Join a local Aboriginal guide for a fascinating Bushtucker tour through the rare subtropical rainforest along the 1.3km Sea Acres rainforest boardwalk. Discover how local Aboriginal people used the rainforest plants for food and gain insights in Birpai culture and history.

* This is a free event maximum number of participants 20 allocated on first in first served basis. Please use the form below to register for this event

Saturday 3 June - Moonlight Movie - Screen of Mabo Life of an Island Man

Hay Street Forecourt 6pm

Hastings Moonlight Movie will be screening at Hay Street Forecourt on Saturday 3 June, using a portable blow-up screen.

MABO- LIFE OF AN ISLAND MAN (G) will be shown with a run time of 90 minutes.

Mabo - Life of an Island Man (1997)
A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

This is the AFI Award winning documentary about the gently spoken public and private man and his inspirational triumph of justice in one of the most important developments in Australian history.

The event will run from approximately 6pm - 7:30pm

BYO Chair, picnic rug and refreshments.


To register for the Reconciliation WalkPublic Art Water Trail or Sea Acres Bushtucker Boardwalk Tour please fill in the form below

Reconciliation Week Registration

    Which event will you be attending?

    For more information please contact Kelly O'Brien on 6581 8111 or email on

    This page was last updated on: 18 May 2017