Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
Significant milestones in the reconciliation journey are:
May 27 - The 1967 referendum saw 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.
June 3 - Commemorates the High Court of Australia's landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land - a relationship that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.
‘Our Future' reinforces that reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, in the knowledge that we believe in fairness for everyone, that our diversity makes us richer, and that together, we are stronger.
Shataya Parsons, Maddison Coric, Jarvis Polley and Logan Guimare attended the Shellharbour Council Community Flag Walk to commemorate and celebrate reconciliation in Australia.
Shataya Parsons, Ashley Van Vliet Williams, Deekyn Hockey and Jarvis Polley had front row seats at the ‘Sharing Stories' performance performed by local Illawarra school students as part of Reconciliation week. They students shared their stories through singing, storytelling, art, dance and plays. The show was hosted by Kevin Kropinyeri from the Aboriginal Comedy Allstars. The students particularly enjoyed watching Shakiah-Lee Preo dance with the Illawarra Flametrees dance group. Another highlight for them was the dream time story of why the Waratah flower is red.