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Australia Celebrates National Reconciliation Week

Events to inspire and enable all Australians to contribute to the reconciliation of the nation

In 2019 we’ll focus on Truth Telling

It's a week dedicated to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June.

This year the focus is on truth telling and what role it can play in reconciliation.

The dates celebrating Reconciliation Week in Australia remain the same every year, that's because two significant milestones occurred in the same week.

The first was on May 27 1967, the date a referendum was held which saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the federal government power to conduct programs for Indigenous people, and for them to be counted in the census.

While on June 3, 1992 the High Court Mabo decision overthrew the legal fiction of "terra nullius", that is, land belonging to no-one, on which British claims to possession of Australia were based.

Along with remembering history, National Reconciliation Week also focuses on a different theme every year.

In 2019 it's truth-telling.

Karen Mundine, the CEO of Reconciliation Australia, talking about truth-telling and its role in helping Australia come to terms with its history.

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