Atherstone National Reconciliation Week

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respect to them and their Elders - both past and present. Atherstone is located on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People.

Each year from 27 May to 3 June Australia acknowledges National Reconciliation Week. This is a time for all Australians to pause, reflect and learn about the history and culture of First Nations peoples, and explore ways we can continue to shape Australia into a reconciled nation.

The dates that bookend National Reconciliation Week commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum (on 27 May 1967), and the High Court Mabo decision (on 3 June 1992).

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2022 is Be Brave. Make Change. This theme calls on all Australians to make change beginning with brave actions in our daily lives – where we live, work, play and socialise.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. Everyone is encouraged to come together, in person where it is safe to do so, and join in conversations as we strive for a more just, equitable nation in an environment of unity and respect.

During Reconciliation Week, Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe will be available to take home by donation at the Atherstone Sales & Information Centre. All donations will be sent to The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.

Young Dark Emu is the children’s version of the award-winning Dark Emu. The book explores the history of Aboriginal Australians at the time of colonisation and discusses many aspects of their lives that many may not be aware of.

Please join the community in working towards a greater understanding and respect for each other.