Celebrating National Reconciliation Week
25 May 17
We are proud to again be celebrating National Reconciliation Week in 2017.
National Reconciliation Week runs between 27 May and 3 June each year, and celebrates respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. The days that mark the start and close of National Reconciliation Week are significant milestones in both the reconciliation journey, and Australian history.
27 May, 1967 was the day more than 90 per cent of Australians voted in a referendum to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to recognise them in the national census. 3 June, 1992 was the day the High Court of Australia made their landmark Mabo decision, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ special relationship with the land and paving the way for Native Title.
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s take the next steps’, encouraging us to reflect on two significant anniversaries (50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the Mabo decision), while also thinking about how we can be part of the future of reconciliation.
Our new Reconciliation Action Plan, like the one before it, makes a commitment to participate in National Reconciliation Week. This year, each of our locations will be hosting a screening of Babakiueria to raise awareness and bring people together. Many of our staff will also participating in other NRW events in their local area.
To find an event near you, visit the Reconciliation Australia website.