National Reconciliation Week
27 May, 2021 - 3 June, 2021
Reconciliation refers to the mending of a damaged relationship. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is for Australians to learn about shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each Australian can contribute to achieving reconciliation. It is a national campaign celebrating and building on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey — the successful 1967 referendum (27 May) and the 1992 High Court Mabo decision (3 June). In the 1967 Referendum, Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the Constitution to allow the Commonwealth to make laws for Aboriginal people and include them in the census. The 1992 Mabo case led to the recognition of the land rights of the Meriam people, traditional owners of the Murray Islands (which include the islands of Mer, Dauer and Waier) in the Torres Strait. This case was mounted by five Meriam people: Eddie Koiki Mabo, Reverend David Passi, Sam Passi, James Rice and Celuia Mapo Sale. The 2021 theme is in this together.