National Reconciliation Week 2022

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is this week, from 27 May to 3 June. It’s 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.

On 27 May 1967, Australia’s most successful referendum saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the Census.

On 3 June 1992, the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, the culmination of Eddie Koiki Mabo’s challenge to the legal fiction of ‘terra nullius’ (land belonging to no one) and leading to the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands. This decision paved the way for Native Title.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Illustrations by Torres Strait Islander illustrator, Tori-Jay Mordey.

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.

Our Melbourne (Bundoora) campus will host an event for the community, La Trobe staff and students on Thursday 2 June.

Hear from Professor Julie Andrews (Yorta Yorta), Director Indigenous Research and Convenor of Aboriginal Studies at La Trobe University, on the role we all play in the reconciliation journey.

Listen to the soulful voice of Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter Pirritu.

When: Thursday 2 June 2022, 12pm – 2pm

Where: The Agora, Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus

No registration is required to attend. There will be a bush tucker BBQ for all students and staff.