NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK

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.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year, 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

Gympie Regional Council Events

Council acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians of the land within the Gympie Region local government area: the Kabi Kabi which includes the majority of country within the area; the Wakka Wakka in the west and the Butchulla people in the north east. We also acknowledge all First Nations people in our region and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In 2019, Gympie Regional Council was honoured to have been handed the Ceremonial Message Stick from Cooloola Aboriginal Services Inc to host the 2020 regional morning tea.  Due to COVID-19, these activities were postponed to 2021.Event details for National Reconciliation Week activities in the Gympie Region will be made available in May 2021. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Sorry Day 26 May

On 26 May 1997 the landmark Bringing Them Home report was tabled in Federal Parliament.  The report captured the findings and recommendations from the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families that was conducted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now called the Australian Human Rights Commission) between 1995 and 1997.  Copies of the report are available through Gympie Regional Libraries or on-line. National Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to commemorate the anniversary of the report and remember the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the stolen generations.  On 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered a National Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the policies which gave rise to such suffering and loss.

 

RECONCILIATION AUSTRALIA EVENTS

For details, visit https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/

 

Further information:

For further information regarding Reconciliation Week including history, the Bridge Walks and other events and resources, please visit Reconciliation Australia’s website. To contact Council staff, email community@gympie.qld.gov.au or speak with the Community Partnerships Team on 1300 307 800.