National Reconciliation Week

2023 Events

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.


You can also add your own event to this calendar or register your private event.


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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James Cook University Eddie Koiki Mabo Lecture

1 June @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm AEST

Each year, James Cook University celebrates the history-making Mabo Decision with the long-established Eddie Koiki Mabo Lecture Series, an annual public commemorative presentation by a prominent person who has made a significant contribution to contemporary Australian society.

In 2023, hear from one of Australia’s most respected human rights and social justice campaigners, Professor Tom Calma AO, as he presents JCU’s Mabo Lecture. The Kungarakan Elder, named the 2023 Senior Australian of the Year, has worked for more than 45 years at local, community, state and international levels championing the rights, responsibilities and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

His call for Australia to address the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples was the catalyst for the Close the Gap Campaign. He was instrumental in establishing the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples; co-chaired Reconciliation Australia and co-led the co-design of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.


1 June
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
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Sir George Kneipp Auditorium (building 26), JCU Bebegu Yumba Campus, Townsville
1 James Cook Drive, Douglas
Townsville, Queensland 4810 Australia


James Cook University
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