National Reconciliation Week 2018
“Don't keep history a mystery - Learn. Share. Grow.”
Sunday 27 May – Sunday 3 June.
What is National Reconciliation Week?
National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The week is framed by two key events in Australia’s history that provide strong symbols of the aspirations for reconciliation.
National Reconciliation Week runs from Saturday 27 May – Saturday 3 June, bookended by two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 Referendum and the historic 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% 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.
June 3 is Mabo Day – On this day in 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which overturned the notion of ‘terra nullius’ and legally recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ connection to their country, a connection that existed prior to colonisation and continues today. This recognition paved the way for the Native Title system.
This year, National Reconciliation Week invites Australians to Learn, Share, Grow – by exploring their past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.
National Reconciliation Week 2018 is a key activity in the Reconciliation Movement’s strategy to support Australians in making progress in addressing historical injustices, which is one of the five dimensions of meaningful reconciliation.
This dimension addresses whether all Australians acknowledge the injustices and actions of the past and their impacts - both historical and contemporary - and are making amends for past wrongs.