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National Reconciliation Week 2017



National reconciliation week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June, commemorating two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

May 27 marks the 50th anniversary of Australia's most successful referendum, which saw over 90% of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the national census.

3 June is the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship to land, that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This decision was crucial to the later development of Native Title land rights.

Through the theme each year the days aims to promote making changes in schools, workplaces and the local community, and to fix historical exclusion, and end discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about their shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how they can join the national reconciliation effort.

Anyone can get involved in NRW, events are held all across Australia. To find/host an event, please refer to this page, or the links below. People are encouraged to share their NRW events and experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #NRW2017.


Last updated: 15 May 2017
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