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Preparing for National Reconciliation Week 2017

Wed 28 December, 2016

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In 2017, National Reconciliation Week is from 27 May – 3 June.

National Reconciliation events, held within Banyule throughout National Reconciliation Week, aim to raise awareness of and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and tradition. The week's events also help celebrate progress in implementing the Banyule 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, with specific dates highlighting significant milestones in the reconciliation journey, including:

  • 26 May - Sorry Day

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.

  • 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.

  • 3 June - Mabo Day

Marks 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. 

Call out to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists in Banyule

Banyule Council is encouraging local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists  to exhibit in the Nhalinggu Bagung Exhibition at Hatch Contemporary Art Space from 24 May to 1 June 2017.

National Reconciliation Week 2017 activities

Activities will include:

  • Nhalinggu Bagung Exhibition
  • National Sorry Day Smoking Ceremony followed by morning tea
  • Films at local schools and libraries and
  • Much more!!

For more information, contact Charles Pakana, Aboriginal Contact Officer, at charles.pakana@banyule.vic.gov.au