The South Australian Government is committed to Reconciliation through actively supporting and working towards a new respectful and mutually beneficial relationship between Aboriginal people and the broader community. At the heart of this approach is a recognition of Aboriginal peoples as the first peoples of this state and an understanding that Reconciliation is the responsibility of all South Australians.
The South Australian Government also recognises that a key part of reconciliation is acknowledging and addressing the inequalities faced by many Aboriginal people, including in areas such as health, education and employment.
Between 27 May and 3 June every year, Australia celebrates Reconciliation Week which marks two significant milestones in Australia's Reconciliation journey:
- On 27 May 1967, 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.
- On 3 June 1992, the High Court delivered its landmark Mabo decision, which legally recognised that Aboriginal peoples have a special and ongoing relationship to the land. This recognition paved the way for Native Title land rights.
National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to celebrate the unique culture and history of Aboriginal people, and to reaffirm our commitment to continue along the path of true recognition, building upon the Government’s commitment to become a formal Campaign Partner of the national RECOGNISE campaign.