Monday, May 30, 2016

National Reconciliation Week 27 May to 3 June 2016

National Reconcliation Week occurs every year between May 27th and June 3rd. The week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey. May 27th marks  the anniversary of  the 1967 referendum when over 90 per cent of Australians voted to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for  Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census. June 3rd is Mabo Day which marks the day that the Mabo decision was handed down in 1992.

According to the National ReconciliationWeek website the theme for NRW 2016 is Our History, Our Story, Our Future. Our History, Our Story, Our Future is derived from the State of Reconciliation in Australia report, which asks all Australians to reflect on our national identity, and the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and rights in our nation’s story. ‘

At JCU you can visit JCU's Reconciliation Statement and Action Plan. The library also holds its annual Eddie Koiki Mabo Art Exhibition to run through this period.

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