National Reconciliation Week

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It is currently National Reconciliation Week, and in its honour, Wildfire has collated a brief FAQ below:

What is National Reconciliation Week?

It ‘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.’ – Reconciliation Australia

When is National Reconciliation Week held?

It is held between 27th of May and 3rd of June of June each year. These dates mark the anniversary of two important milestones in Australian history:

1967 Referendum

On 27th of May 1967 Australians voted in favour of changing two sections of the Constitution that had previously excluded Indigenous Australians. The referendum gave the Commonwealth a strong mandate to implement policies to benefit Indigenous Australians, and allowed Indigenous Australians to be included in the census.

Mabo Decision

On 3rd of June 1992 the High Court ruled that the Meriam people, lead by Eddie Mabo, held ownership of the lands of Mer (Murray Island). Following this landmark decision, the Native Title Act 1993 was passed. This created a process for Indigenous Australians to make claims of native title.

Learn more about National Reconciliation Week at: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/