What is National Reconciliation Week?

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.

We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, to try and show that we value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures and futures.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year:

27 May to 3 June
Australian and Aboriginal flags on map
Sydney Harbour Bridge with projected kangaroo image

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision that quashed the concept of “Terra Nulius”.

In 2000, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation. In the same year, approximately 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of NRW, to show their support for reconciliation.

2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia

Aboriginal Embassy
Australian Flag signpost

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australia’s colonial history is characterised by devastating land dispossession, violence, and racism. Over the last half-century, however, many significant steps towards reconciliation have been taken.

Reconciliation is not an easy goal and it is an ongoing journey.

The pathway to reconciliation is based and measured on five dimensions: historical acceptance, race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity and unity. Find out more here.

We have many titles in the Library collection which can help us all learn more about reconciliation:

Book cover for Australia Day by Stan Grant
Book cover for Indigenous Australia for Dummies
Book cover for Noongar People, Noongar Land

All three libraries also have dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections

Come in and browse!