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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:38

2015 National Reconciliation Week

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NRW 2015 posterNational Reconciliation Week (NRW), celebrated every year from 27 May to 3 June, is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. This celebration is also preceded by National Sorry Day held on 26 May each year to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations.

The dates commemorate two significant milestones — the anniversary of the successful 1967 referendum (where over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census. The second commemorates the High Court Mabo decision which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This decision paved the way for land rights called Native Title.

The theme for NRW 2015 is "It’s time to change it up." National Reconciliation Week is a chance for you to take some fresh action to spark a change in your school, workplace or community—no matter how big or small.

Learn more and find out ways to get involved in this year's National Reconciliation Week by visiting the NRW website.

Download the Reconciliation Guide for Churches for the Week of Prayer for Reconcilation.