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.
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 2018
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery.
This year, we invite Australians to Learn, Share and Grow – by exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.
National Reconciliation Week Morning Tea:
When: Tuesday 29 May 2018
Time: 10am – 11am
Where: Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council, Aston Street Port Macquarie (opposite Dixie Park)
For more information please contact Kelly O'Brien on 6581 8111 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous Marathon Foundation Running and Walking Group (IMF RAW) – Family Fundraiser
Where: Port Macquarie High School Hall 29 Owen Street Port Macquarie
When: Thursday 31 May from 4:30pm – 7:30pm
$10 per ticket (includes dinner, drink, popcorn and activities)
Everybody is welcome!
All money raised will be going towards getting our young Indigenous boys and girls to Uluru for the National Deadly Running Championships on 16 June 2018.
Please call Tali – 0417 834 646 or Charlie 0448 900 903 if you have any enquiries.
This page was last updated on: 28 May 2018