Two of the most significant events in Australia’s modern history will be acknowledged and celebrated in the lead up to National Reconciliation Week.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the overwhelmingly successful 1967 referendum and the 25th anniversary of the historic Mabo High Court decision.
A range of initiatives and events will be held during and in the lead up to the National Reconciliation Week to properly acknowledge the important role the 1967 referendum and Mabo High Court decision have played in our country’s journey towards reconciliation.
The events will honour the Indigenous leaders for their spirit and determination they displayed to change the nation. We are reminded by the 20th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report of the injustices and the trauma but we also look to the future with hope and optimism.
The Prime Minister will deliver a statement to Parliament tomorrow in the presence of surviving campaigners and family representatives of the 1967 referendum and 1992 Mabo decision.
The statement will acknowledge the two anniversaries, thank Indigenous leaders for their enduring spirit and for striving for change that bettered the nation, and remind Australians the injustices that challenged Australians in 1967 have helped to set the scene for our continued journey of reconciliation.
The Prime Minister and Members of the Government will also meet with the National Indigenous Youth Parliament this week.
National Reconciliation Week begins on Saturday and runs until 3 June. Communities are encouraged to share their stories of anniversary celebrations under the banner of #NRW2017. The Government has also supported local communities to celebrate the important anniversaries in their own way through a local government grant funding round.
Further information on activities and programmes that the Commonwealth Government is supporting during National Reconciliation Week is available at: www.reconciliation.org.au.