National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The goal of the reconciliation movement is for a just, equitable and reconciled country. We need more people speaking up, asking the hard questions and taking action during and beyond National Reconciliation Week. To help, Reconciliation Australia have compiled 20 actions for reconciliation.
You can also get in touch with the director for our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Ministries (ATSIM) here in Sydney for ways to make your church more welcoming and inclusive.
Every year workplaces, schools, early learning services, community groups, reconciliation groups, and people right across the country host a whole range of events.
From awards to webinars, virtual and in-person events we all find our best ways to build awareness, knowledge and action for National Reconciliation Week 2021
The dates for NRW are the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
27 May 1967 On this day, Australia’s most successful referendum saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the Census.
3 June 1992 On this day, the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, the culmination of Eddie Koiki Mabo’s challenge to the legal fiction of ‘terra nullius’ (land belonging to no one) and leading to the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands. This decision paved the way for Native Title.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Mountain View Adventist College are Recognising Sorry Day on 27 May, and will be having a special Chapel.
For more information on Reconciliation week or the Aborigial and Torres Strait Islander Ministries, contact Horace Evans at [email protected].