National Reconciliation Week

national reconciliation week

An Introduction to an important part of our history

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a fantastic nationwide program that helps honour and grows the strong relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians.

Held every year 27 May – 3 June, this week-long celebration features events around the country for all ages.

Read on to learn a bit more about NRW and how you can get involved this year.

Making up for lost time

Reconciliation is an important ongoing process for acknowledging that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the traditional owners of this land.

Why then?

The starting and ending dates of National Reconciliation Week signify two major events in Australian history.

The first, 27 May, marks the day of the 1967 referendum that brought Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders under Commonwealth law and recognised them in the national census.

The end of the week, 3 June, is the date of the 1992 Mabo decision, which recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a relationship with the land of Australia that pre-dates colonisation and needs to be respected.

This year marks 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.

Get involved

Want to do your part in helping strengthen these bonds? There are heaps of National Reconciliation Week events all over Australia that give you a chance to be part of this great celebration. Find one near you and join in on the fun and learning this year!