National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is an important annual event for all who call Australia home.
It’s book-ended by two significant dates that all Australians can be proud of – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 Referendum and the High Court Mabo land rights decision. These historic dates still matter today; they show us that Australians have come together in the past to stand up for what’s right and can build a brighter future, together.
This week, events are held all across Australia and whether you’re an individual or part of a business, school or organisation you can get involved. Find out what’s happening in your local area.
27th May is the anniversary of the historic 1967 Referendum, where Australians voted to amend two parts of the Constitution that excluded Indigenous people.
This was the highest ever “yes” vote in a Referendum - some people say it was the most unifying moment in our history! It’s still important today as it shows what can happen when Australians come together and stand up for what’s right.
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〉The Referendum – what was it and what did it achieve?
3rd June is the anniversary of the 1992 landmark High Court Mabo decision, which rejected terra nullius and recognised Indigenous people as the original custodians of Australia for the first time.
When Europeans first arrived in Australia they said it was 'land belonging to no one'. The Mabo Decision legally and symbolically acknowledged the truth and changed the way we all think about Australia's history.
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〉Native Title – what does it mean and why do we have it?
Watch the extract below from Sharing Our Story.
2019 National Reconciliation Week theme - Grounded in Truth: Walk Together in Courage.
Each year Reconciliation Australia chooses a theme for NRW. This year, the theme is Grounded in Truth: Walk Together in Courage. Karen Mundine, CEO, Reconciliation Australia explains:
“Reconciliation is ultimately about relationships and like all effective relationships the one between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians must be grounded in truth. Truth telling is not about engendering guilt or shame in non-Indigenous Australians but about addressing past injustices and serving as an “end-point to a history of wrongdoing”, allowing healing and for relationships to start anew.”
This process of truth telling and reconciliation requires all of us to walk together with courage.