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National Reconciliation Week 2018

National Reconciliation Week 2018

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated from 27 May - 3 June and aims to raise awareness of and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and tradition. The week's events also help celebrate progress in implementing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Plan.

National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and other Australians. 

This year during National Reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia invites all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. “Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow” explores history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. This National Reconciliation Week learn more about the Australian story.

 

Milestones in the reconciliation journey

Sorry Day (26 May)

Recognises the 1997 Bringing Them Home report - findings of a national enquiry into the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The report recommended holding a National Sorry Day each year to remember and recognise Stolen Generations and move towards healing.

Referendum (27 May)

Commemorates the day in 1967 when the National Referendum recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the census was passed by over 90% of the vote. 2018 marks the 51st anniversary of this important event.

Mabo Day (3 June)

The anniversary of the 1992 High Court Decision recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights and that Australia was not Terra Nullius the time of European arrival. 2018 marks the 26th anniversary of this important event.

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