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Monday, 02 May 2016 11:39

National Reconciliation Week 2016: ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’

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NRW 2016Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. 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.

The dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey. 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 commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

As part of our reconciliation journey, there are truths to tell, stories to celebrate, and relationships to grow.

Explore the significance of this year's theme in Australia's reconciliation journey: ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’ at http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/
 
Share your NRW events and experiences on social media using the hashtag #NRW2016.