NRW: What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation week is celebrated each year, from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June. This week commemorates two significant milestones that have contributed to the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision. This week is an event that allows communities to explore and engage in conversation of national reconciliation. An important aspect of reconciliation is understanding the significance for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities themselves.
During the development of our first Reconciliation Action Plan, we asked that very question:
“I would love everyone to learn our First Nation peoples’ history and celebrate what we all have to offer. If we work together to stop the atrocities that have happened, we can hopefully prevent it from reoccurring and we can all enjoy this great land of ours, learning from each other, not against each other”
Sonia Sharpe – Proud Awabakal Woman
“While we may not be able to change the history, we can reconcile for the future and work together for everyone’s benefit”
Uncle Warren Taggart – Proud Wonnarua Elder
“I look forward to the day when we can all work together to create a better place for all peoples on Mother Earth”
Virginia C Moran – Proud Elder of the Dabee Clan, of the Wiradjuri nation.
“Through increased cultural awareness and understanding the importance it has in removing barriers will make us all richer for generations to come”
Cheril Moran – Proud Member of the Dabee Clan, of the Wiradjuri nation.
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