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National Reconciliation Week 2017

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.

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. 2017 marks the 50th 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. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of this important event.

Activities and events

Banyule Light Box Galleries feat. Nhalinggu Bagung Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

Wed 24 May 2017 | 10:00AM - 11:59PM

Street Art New Hope (Come & Try Session)

Wed 24 May 2017 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Nhalinggu Bagung (Come Gather) Exhibition Opening Night

Wed 24 May 2017 | 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Nhalinggu Bagung (Come Gather) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Exhibition

Thu 25 May 2017 | 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Just4Kids - Weaving Craft

Thu 25 May 2017 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Sorry Day Smoking Ceremony and Flag Raising

Fri 26 May 2017 | 11:00AM - 11:30AM

Sorry Day Morning Tea

Fri 26 May 2017 | 11:30AM

Sorry Day screening of Talking Language (Ivanhoe)

Fri 26 May 2017 | 11:30AM

Screening of Talking Language (Rosanna)

Mon 29 May 2017 | 11:00AM

Screening of the film “Another Country”

Tue 30 May 2017 | 6:30PM

Screening of 'Talking Language' (Watsonia)

Thu 1 June 2017 | 11:30AM

Screening of the film “Another Country”

Thu 1 June 2017 | 6:30PM

Screening of 'Talking Language' (Greensborough)

Fri 2 June 2017 | 11:30AM

Aboriginal language learning

Mon 19 June 2017 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Educational Resources