What is National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 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.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
2020 Theme In This Together
In this together, the theme for National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2020, encourages all Australians to reflect on the part they play – whether big or small – on our journey towards reconciliation.
This unity of purpose creates a shared sense of belonging and identity; and this identity must value and include the histories, cultures and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For Australia to become a truly complete nation, it will take the commitment and contribution of all of us.
20 years ago:
Bridge Walks for Reconciliation
Twenty years ago, in a monumental display of support for reconciliation, around 250,000 Australians walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The People’s Walk for Reconciliation, (as the bridge walk was titled) had a profound impact on those who participated, and a roll-on effect around the country.
By the end of the year 2000, the walks for reconciliation held right across the country became the largest display of public support for a single cause in Australian history.