National Reconciliation Week 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.
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 colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights called Native Title.
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. Attending an event or hosting one during National Reconciliation Week is one way you can learn about Aboriginal Australia and contribute positively to Australian society.
Events are held all around the country to mark NRW. From breakfasts and BBQs to seminars and art exhibitions, so organise your event and register it online now. There are also ideas on how to celebrate at the Reconciliation Australia website.