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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week

27 May - 3 June

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.

In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of  shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. This years theme is In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

Walk for Reconciliation

Council recognises that times are tricky and social distancing can limit our capacity to come together in large groups to celebrate special events.

We’d like to mark Reconciliation Week by encouraging our community to  take a walk (or run!)517KB pdf(PDF, 517KB) anywhere in our local area between 27 May and 3 June.

Share a photo of your walk or run for Reconciliation and tag us: #NRW2020   #InThisTogether2020   #NRW2020PMH
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Airport Aboriginal Artwork Design Competition

Calling all interested designers, artists and graphic designers  to provide a submission to produce a bespoke Aboriginal artwork mural to be displayed in the recently upgraded Port Macquarie Airport Terminal. The artwork is to convey a message of welcome to Birpai Land and the Port Macquarie region. The successful applicant must identify as belonging to the Birpai Nation and reside in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area.

The winning artist will have their designs translated onto a vinyl wall graphic measuring approximately 7.2m long and 2.7m high to be installed on a wall between the arrivals pass back doors. There is $5,000 in prize money for the winning submission.


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. 

This page was last updated on: 27 May 2020