Between 27 May and 3 June every year, Australia celebrates National Reconciliation Week (NRW) which marks two significant milestones in Australia's Reconciliation journey:
- This year, 27 May acknowledges the 55th anniversary of the 1967 referendum where more than 90% of voters gave the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal people, and for Aboriginal people to be recognised in the national census. It was Australia’s most successful referendum.
- This year, 3 June acknowledges the 30th anniversary of the 1992 landmark decision by the High Court of Australia that overturned the legal doctrine of ‘terra nullius’ and led to the creation of the Native Title Act 1993 and subsequent native title regime. The case was led by Torres Strait Islander man, the late Eddie (Koiki) Mabo and his fellow plaintiffs including the late Rev David Passi and the late James Rice.
National Sorry Day is also acknowledged on 26 May annually. National Reconciliation Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the unique culture and history of Aboriginal people.
National Reconciliation Week 2022
The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, Be Brave. Make Change. is a challenge to all Australians—individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.
National Reconciliation Week 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. Collectively, our voices can lift and support to privilege and amplify First Nations’ voices.
Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful changes, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.
More information to help you make change and #NRW2022 digital assets are available from Reconciliation Australia.
The commitment and tireless work of the state, regional and local Reconciliation Action Plan Working Groups, organisations, and individuals is essential to the success of National Reconciliation Week.
Any planned events and public gatherings need to adhere to COVID-19 safe requirements to reduce the risk of catching and spreading the virus in the community.
Reconciliation South Australia is the peak body for the coordination of events in South Australia during NRW Week. For more information, please see the Reconciliation South Australia Facebook page.
Government agencies across South Australia will be hosting events and participating in activities to celebrate National Reconciliation Week and strengthen respectful relationships between the Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.