What is National Reconciliation Week?
Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Every year, National Reconciliation Week is defined by two significant milestones in our reconciliation journey.
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 commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.
What are we doing for National Reconciliation Week?
To demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation, we recently created our own Reconciliation Action Plan group to support and drive reconciliation in our community. To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, we’ve ordered two large scale picture frames, displaying the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia. They arrived this week and we’re excited to be putting them up in pride of place at 138 Canterbury Street.
If you’d like to know more about what we’re doing to support and drive reconciliation in our area, please contact our Reconciliation Action Plan group by calling us on 66622898 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.