National Reconciliation Week

Canfan 2 June 2014

National Reconciliation Week recognises the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the unique place they hold in Australian society, said Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Shane Rattenbury.

“National Reconciliation Week is celebrated annually between 27 May and 3 June, commemorating two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey, the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision recognising native title,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“It is a great opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and help build a path towards reconciliation.”

National Reconciliation Week was initiated in 1996 by Reconciliation Australia to celebrate indigenous history and culture in Australia and foster reconciliation discussions and initiatives.

“This week is a great opportunity for everybody in our community to learn more about, and share our unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.”

Minister Rattenbury encouraged the community to get involved in the various events happening across National Reconciliation Week.

“On Friday I attended the National Sorry Day Bridge Walk to commemorate the first National Sorry Day, which was held on 26 May 1998.

“This event highlighted how far we have come as a country but also the work that still needs to be done towards genuine healing and reconciliation.

“The ACT Government will continue to work to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise their unique role in society.

(Media Release Shane Rattenbury)

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