Australia has been celebrating National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June, every year for the past 20 years. 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.
National Reconciliation Week commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – The 1967 Referendum on 27 May 1967, acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the High Court Mabo decision on 3 June 1992.
The 1967 Referendum was a landmark achievement for Indigenous Australians. Following decades of Indigenous and non-Indigenous activism, over 90% of all Australians voted in favour of amending two sections of the Australian Constitution.
Many Indigenous people regard the 1967 Referendum as a symbolic turning point, revealing a widespread desire for Indigenous equality in Australia.
We encourage you to learn more about the 1967 Referendum. You can find out more at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Australians Together website.
The theme for 2021 National Reconciliation Week is "More than a word. Reconciliation takes action".
We need more people speaking up, asking the hard questions and taking action, during and beyond National Reconciliation Week.
Reconciliation Australia has compiled 20 Actions for Reconciliation - a guide to moving from safe, to braver, more impactful action.
Speak up for languages
Language is inseparable from culture, and culture is empowerment. Carol Foley, workshop leader and Aboriginal Education Officer, talks about the actions of gathering and sharing stories, language and learning, and the path to Reconciliation.
The City regularly hosts free Noongar Culture and Language workshops at the Maylands Library.