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 are the same each year; 27 May to 3 June.
Every year workplaces, schools, early learning services, community groups, reconciliation groups, and people right across the country host a whole range of activities.
Please note: the events posted below are not the responsibility of Reconciliation Australia. If you have any questions regarding an event, please contact the organisers.
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Indigenous Veterans’ Ceremony
27 May @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST
The Shrine of Remembrance, ANZAC Square, 285 Ann Street, Brisbane City, Queensland
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have served in every war and conflict since the Boer War, despite being legally excluded from military service until 1949. Because they used false names and backgrounds, it is impossible to know exactly how many signed up despite the legislation, although it is estimated that about 1,000 Indigenous Australians served in World War I.
But although they fought – and sometimes died – shoulder to shoulder with their fellow Australians, they returned home to a country that still refused to acknowledge them as citizens and denied them the recognition and entitlements they had earned.
The Indigenous Veterans’ Ceremony aims to recognise the invaluable contribution of our Indigenous service people to Australia’s Defence Force, both past and present.