National Reconciliation Week

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We acknowledge and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) takes place at the same time each year; 27th of May to the 3rd of June.

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

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.

We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

National Reconciliation Week 2022 Theme

The NRW 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and governments—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change that benefits all Australians.

Making change starts with brave actions in our day-to-day lives - where we live, work, play and socialise – that can make a difference.

What can you do to Be Brave and Make a Change?

The goal of the reconciliation movement is for a just, equitable and reconciled country. This will only be achieved when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Peoples of this land, are able to equally contribute to the daily life of the nation. Until this happens, Australia will not reach its full potential.

We need more people speaking up, asking the hard questions and taking action during and beyond National Reconciliation Week. So, here are 10 actions you can take for reconciliation.


  1. Call out racism

    Racism damages lives and livelihoods. Getting abused, ignored, refused service or getting followed by security, has long-lasting damaging effects.

    Check yourself and work to understand how your unconscious biases and attitudes affect your thinking and actions. Be ready to call out racism when you hear or see it. Have those conversations with family and friends.

  1. Know our history

    When talking about the history or story of Australia, always include the participation and presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. On top of this, find out ways to learn and talk about Australia’s history.

  1. Make reconciliation everyone’s business

    Make reconciliation part of the business of your workplace culture and decision-making. You can do this by starting a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for your workplace. Or, if you’ve already got one, you can join your RAP Working Group.

  1. Drive reconciliation in education

    If you didn’t learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures at school, do what you can to make sure today’s kids do. Challenge colonial perspectives on history, support school curriculum changes, or encourage a RAP in your school or early learning service.

  1. Support-self determination

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples need to be in charge of decision-making and leadership for themselves and their communities.

    Understand the strengths in First Nations community control in governing, health, education curricula, and media representation. Support and promote community-controlled and Indigenous-governed organisations.

  1. Act to protect first nations cultures

    Knowing, understanding and being strong in culture influences the health and well-being of First Nations peoples. Practising culture offers mental, economic and physical strength. Support and protect Indigenous protocols in the arts, support indigenous artists, and report cultural theft or infringements.

  1. Support economic development

    Discrimination in employment, education and housing contributes to poverty today, but its roots go deep into generations of stolen wages, stolen land, historic exclusion, and discrimination. Find out ways you can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic development and businesses when searching for contractors, suppliers and products.

  1. Understand political representation

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been fighting for a political voice, and structural changes like treaty, for more than 100 years. Support current calls by First Peoples such as treaties, constitutional reform, and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

  1. Buy from first nations businesses

    Purchase Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander art or products only from Indigenous-owned businesses. You can also participate in #wearitblakwednesday by wearing or sharing something you’ve purchased from a Blak business.

  1. Acknowledging country

    Acknowledging Country shows you accept and understand that no matter where you are across this nation, you are on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands. It is a cultural practice and a political act.


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