National Reconciliation Week is held throughout the country from Monday May 27 to Monday June 3. Students this week are learning aspects of the reconciliation process in Australia, and doing many age-specific activities in their classes. Some of the things students have learnt are: -
- On 27 May 1967 the Australian Government held a referendum to alter the Australian Constitution to finally give the government census the power to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as ‘Australians’.
- On June 3 1992 the High Court of Australia gave recognition of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples as the traditional owners of the land. This was commonly known as The Mabo Decision.
- On 26 May 1998 National Sorry Day was commemorated for the first time.
Students are also participating in a poster competition where they design an appropriate NRW message.