National Reconciliation Week 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 dates for National Reconciliation Week remain the same each year – 27 May to 3 June.
These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey:
- 27 May – in 1967, 90% of Australians voted ‘YES’ in a referendum, giving the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and count them in the census.
- 3 June – in 1992, the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights and Native Title.
The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change” is a challenge to all Australians – individuals, families, communities, organisations and government – to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.
Thank you to Akeisha Reid (Year 11) and Matthew Davies (Year 12) who addressed the whole school about National Reconciliation Week 2022.