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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 referendum and 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 decision which 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 reflected on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey - 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. As we commemorated these significant milestones, we asked all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey. The theme for #NRW2017 was ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.

For more information please contact Kelly O'Brien on 6581 8111 or email on kelly.obrien@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

This page was last updated on: 27 June 2017