National Reconciliation Week in Australia
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is held each year between 27 May and 3 June.
It’s purpose is to acknowledge and commemorate the hardships and milestones experienced by Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To inspire and to help the Australian nation with moving forward.
“build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures” – Reconciliation Australia
The dates are important
NRW marks two historically significant dates.
May 27 represents the anniversary of the 1967 referendum, when Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Whilst June 3, was the date in 1992 when the Mabo decision was made. The High Court of Australia ruled that native title was to be recognised for the first time. This was a turning point in history for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since the arrival of the British. It acknowledges their rights as well as their unique connection to the land.
In This Together
This year NRW will be celebrated entirely online and the theme is “in this together“.
You’re encouraged, as are all Australians, to take part by reflecting on how you can play a role in the journey towards reconciliation and unification.
“When we come together to build mutual respect and understanding, we shape a better future for all Australians.” – Karen Mundine
Reconciliation Australia have created curriculum based learning resources for secondary schools.
If you would like to do more, they’ve also put together a list of 20 other ways that you can get involved.