National Reconciliation Week (NRW), which runs between 27 May and 3 June every year, features a range of activities celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, and promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
This year’s NRW theme, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement toward braver and more effective action. QUT staff and students are invited to reflect on actions we might take to contribute to broader reconciliation across Australia, and to increase our knowledge and understanding of Indigenous issues.
QUT is hosting a number of on-campus events during NRW: panel sessions, screenings of films from the Virtual Indigenous Film Festival, and opportunities to meet new friends and catch up with old ones at the Reconciliation Week Global Cafe. Registration details and further information can be found here.
NRW is also an opportunity to learn more about the reconciliation movement itself. The first and last day of NRW commemorate, respectively, two key milestones in the reconciliation journey: the successful 1967 referendum, in which Australians voted overwhelmingly to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and include them in the Census; and the High Court Mabo decision, which rejected the legal doctrine of terra nullius in favour of native title.
Take a look at the resources below, available at QUT Library, to find out more about these two watershed events.
1967 Referendum – 27 May
- The 1967 Referendum: Race, Power and the Australian Constitution, Bain Attwood and Andrew Marcus
- Everything You Need to Know about the Referendum to Recognise Indigenous Australians, Megan Davis and George Williams.
Mabo – 3 June
- Edward Koiki Mabo: His Life and Struggle for Land Rights, Noel Loos and Edward Mabo
- Mabo, 104-minute docudrama by Rachel Perkins about Eddie Mabo’s fight to bring about native land title legislation.