National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is held from the 27 May to the 3 June each year and is a time for all Australia to reflect on our shared history and seek a way forward together.


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Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a time for all Australia to reflect on our shared history and seek a way forward together.

Reconciliation Week begins on 27 May, the anniversary of the 1969 referendum which saw 90 percent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples, and to recognise them in the national census.

Reconciliation Week ends on 3 June, the anniversary of the 1992 Mabo decision in which the High Court of Australia recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had special connections to the land prior to colonisation which still exist today. This paved the way for Native Title land rights.

The 2011 National Reconciliation Week theme is “Let’s Talk Reconciliation”.

For more information on National Reconciliation Week, or for information about events in your area, please see Reconciliation Australia’s website.

http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/national-reconciliation-week