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.
How you can get involved in National Reconciliation Week
Every year workplaces, schools, early learning services, community groups, reconciliation groups and people right across the country host a whole range of activities.
Check out the National Reconciliation Week calendar of events to see what’s on in your local community.
Our Albury-Wodonga Campus will be hosting an event for the community, La Trobe staff and students on Tuesday 30 May.
In honour of National Reconciliation Week, join us at the Albury-Wodonga Campus for a ‘Bush Tucker’ BBQ and screening of ‘Looky looky, here comes Cooky‘
When: 12.30 pm, Tuesday 30 May 2022 (lunch is at 12.30 pm and the movie will start at 1 pm).
Where: AW Building 6 Lecture Theatre