National Reconciliation Week kicks off next Sunday, 27 May, on the anniversary of the historic 1967 Referendum.
Reconciliation is about building stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of Australia, based on unity, equality and equity, institutional integrity, as well as the historical acceptance of the country's past wrong-doings to move forward together.
Reconciliation in the Park
Glebe Park, Monday 28 May 10am-2pm.
The ACT's first public holiday for Reconciliation Week, an acknowledging the custodians of the Canberra region (Ngunnawal) and their contribution to the capital.
Enjoy live music from Busby Marou and Lucy Sugarman along with an array of local Indigenous performers and cultural activities including bush tucker talks, storytelling, art workshops as well as kids amusements, petting zoo and a community BBQ.
National Reconciliation Week Breakfast
University of Canberra, Thursday 31 May 7.15am - 8.30am.
Professor Deep Saini, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra together with the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership & Strategy invites the public to attend, as it is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, achievements and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Hear from Professor Peter Radoll, Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy at UC along with a panel facilitated by Sarah Burr including academic and professional staff as they speak about the work the University is doing to shift hearts and minds on issues of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community.
For more information see the event page. 100 per cent of proceeds from ticket sales will go towards UC Foundation Indigenous Australian Student Scholarships.
National Reconciliation Week at the NFSA
National Film and Sound Archive, 29 May - 1 June.
Enjoy a week of screening, celebrating our nation's Reconciliation journey.
- NFSA Restores Essie Coffey's My Survival as an Aboriginal screening each day (29 May - 1 June) at 1pm
- Bran Nue Dae screening each day (29 May - 1 June) at 2.15pm
- The Darkside 30 May, 6.30pm
- One Night the Moon 30 May, 8.15pm
- NITV's Black Divaz, 1 June, 8pm
For more information see the NFSA website.
Griffith University Walk and Talk - Mt Gravatt to Nathan campus
Griffith University, Thursday 31 May, 10am.
In acknowledgement of National Reconciliation Week, Griffith University's GUMURRII Student Support Unit will host the 'Walk and Talk' events which bring together staff, students and the wider community, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, in a spirit of reconciliation.
Meet in front of M23 Undercroft, Mt Gravatt campus and walk to Nathan campus for the Bush walk from Mt Gravatt followed by light refreshments. The Intercampus bus is a free service provided for staff, students and clients of the University travelling between the Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses, and departs every 15 minutes between 7.30am to 6pm.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact the GUMURRII Student Support.
Australian Film Series: Rabbit Proof Fence & Ten Canoes
Redland Performing Arts Centre, Saturday 2 June.
Rabbit Proof Fence - The moving true story of three Aboriginal girls who are forcibly taken from their families in 1931 to be trained as domestic servants as part of an official Australian government policy. Starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury and Kenneth Branagh. (PG, 1hr 34mins)
Screening 10am (non-captioned) & 12 noon (captioned).
Ten Canoes - Presenting a tale within a tale, this magnificent Australian film follows Dayindi, a young Aboriginal warrior in Arnhem Land, in a time separate of Western influence. Starring Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil and Peter Minygululu.
Screening 2pm (non-captioned) & 4pm (captioned).
For information or tickets go to the Redland Performing Arts Centre website.
Reconciliation Ladies Lunch: celebration of female leaders and equality
Crown on Palmer, Friday 1 June 11.30am - 2pm.
The Reconciliation Ladies Lunch is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s leadership and is a meaningful celebration which draws together distinct groups to offer a unique reconciliation experience.
Ladies are encouraged to reflect on reconciliation in the workplace and wider community towards a day where equality is not a debatable issue but a certainty afforded to all.
Join us for a wonderful afternoon of education, entertainment, networking and more – this is a lunch you should not miss!
For more information go to the event page.
I’m Not racist, But… Comedy event
Giant Dwarf Theatre, Redfern. Thursday, 24 May, 7.30pm - 9.00pm.
The NSW Reconciliation Council presents an evening of comedy in I'm Not Racist, But …. Join our line-up of stand-ups and comedy writers as they take a hilarious and satirical poke at Australian society through their own observations and experiences.
Since its beginnings in 2012, I'm Not Racist, But… has developed a reputation for being funny, edgy and generating conversation around racism. Past performers have included Nakkiah Lui, John Safran, Nazeem Hussain and Jennifer Wong.
This years' line up features: Matt Okine Shiralee Hood Kevin Kropinyeri Diana Nguyen Bjorn Stewart Luke Carroll.
For tickets and information goto NSW Reconciliation.
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Waterloo. Sunday, 27 May
Explore Indigenous history, food, art and dance at the Blak Markets, hosted for the second time this year by the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern. You can pick up handmade jewellery, artworks and homewares, or tuck into lunch while you watch live music and performances from the Redfern Dance Company. Develop new skills at the free weaving workshops, or learn how to whip up a healthy bush tucker storm at Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo’s cooking demonstration.
Reconciliation Week BBQ
University of Wollongong. Thursday, 31 May 12 noon.
Please join in celebrating National Reconciliation Week 2018 with a BBQ lunch on the duck pond lawn, featuring performances from traditional dancers, local singers and interactive workshops.
For more information visit the event page.
UOW’s Inaugural Reconciliation Guest Lecture: Indigenous Knowledge is not Terra Nullius
Building 67-104, University of Wollongong. Tuesday 29 May, 6pm - 7.30pm
Woolyungah Indigenous Centre, office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Inclusion & Outreach) and the University of Wollongong are proud to announce the UOW’s inaugural Reconciliation Guest Lecture held in National Reconciliation Week.
Indigenous peoples’ knowledge has developed over 60,000 years of connections with land, seas and the environment. Indigenous knowledge is used in many industries including the arts, film tourism, biotechnology, archaeology and design.
As an Indigenous woman, and a Solicitor, guest speaker Terri Janke discusses how Indigenous people are seeking rights to their cultural expression and knowledge so that they can continue their culture and share in the benefits of their cultural legacy.
Terri’s lecture, titled ‘Indigenous Knowledge is not Terra Nullius’, will present a pathway that can assist the interface between Indigenous knowledge and intellectual property to assist innovation in the Australian research landscape.
For more information visit the event page
Hoyts Carousel: Namatjira Project Screening
Hoyts Carousel Cinema. Wednesday, 30 May 6.30pm - 9pm
The Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University brings a special screening of the Namatjira Project
About the film:
Albert Namatjira was one of those rare artists who actually changed the course of history. The founder of the Indigenous art movement, he became an international icon and was the first Indigenous person to be granted Australian citizenship. But Namatjira was never fully accepted by white Australia, and after being wrongfully imprisoned in 1959, he soon died, despondent and broken. Then, in 1983, the Australian Government sold the rights to his work to an art dealer – despite Namatjira having left his art to his wife and children.
Now, almost 60 years after Namatjira’s death, his family want it back. Working with the Namatjira family, filmmaker Sera Davies takes us on a journey from the sun-blasted deserts of their Aranda homeland to the lavish opulence of Buckingham Palace, as they fight to have Namatjira’s legacy returned to its rightful home. A captivating story of Australian race relations lensed through the bitterly contested history of one of our most venerated figures, Namatjira Project is a powerful, important addition to the canon of modern Indigenous culture.
For information about the event, see fan force screenings
Wadjak Reconciliation Walk
Lake Gwelup. Tuesday, 10am - 1pm
Wadjak Northside extends a warm invitation to individuals and families to joins them for a Reconciliation walk at the beautiful Lake Gwelup, Karrinyup, an area of Aboriginal significance. Be part of this historical reconciliation event and walk with us in solidarity.
There will be entertainment, children's activities, sausage sizzle and school's competition.
Newman, East Pilbara
Newman Reconciliation Ball 2018
East Pilbara Arts Centre. Saturday, 26 May 7pm - 12 midnight
The annual Newman Reconciliation Ball is held to provide all members of the community of Newman with an opportunity to participate in Reconciliation Week and to recognise, reflect and commemorate the significance of Australia’s reconciliation journey.
For information on the event go here.
Reconciliation Week Breakfast with Mick Gooda
Chalmers Hall, Aboriginal Elders Council of Tasmania. Tuesday, 29 May 7.30am - 9am
Join Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner and the Reconciliation Tasmania Board members for breakfast at the Aboriginal Elders Council of Tasmania. Mick will share his recent efforts as the Royal Commissioner into Child Protection and Youth Detention system in the Northern Territory. There will be time for questions to explore further the opportunities for greater reconciliation across our community.
Our Story, Our Place, Our Journey
Main Street, Putalina Oyster Cove.
This On Country program is a cultural exchange program presented by Tasmanian Aboriginal people through an oral presentation, dance and a day long immersion in Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage and culture. The public are invited to walk on Aboriginal land and have the opportunity to learn about our recent past, but also the rich traditions that enabled Tasmanian Aborigines to manage their lands, fisheries and culture for thousands of years.
Women In Song
Nexus Arts. Friday, 1 June. 6.30pm - 10pm
An evening of musical performance and deep discussion reflecting on the true meaning of reconciliation. Beginning with a Q&A session to discuss what reconciliation should and could look like, the discussion will be followed by performances of exquisite music by Aboriginal women and women in the music industry who stand by them: Nancy Bates, Jessica Wishart, Emily Davis and Tara Carragher.
This special Reconciliation Week event aims to provide an insight into what true reconciliation means to Aboriginal Australia and how we can all work together to support and achieve this vision. 6.30pm Q&A discussion with panelists including Nancy Bates and Jessica Wishart 7.30pm performances by Jessica Wishart, Tara Carragher, Nancy Bates and Emily Davis and concluding with a collaborative musical depiction of true reconciliation. Delicious cheese platters and vegan boards will be available.
Reconciliation Celebration for Young People at Warriparinga
Living Kaurna Cultural Centre. Friday, 1 June. 10am - 2pm
A day of fun and entertainment for families and young people including bubble soccer, native animals, cooking kangaroo tails, music, art exhibition, youth service providers and more.
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Black Screen: A short film showcase of South Australian Indigenous Cinema
Coober Pedy Drive-In. Friday, 1 June. 7pm - 9.30pm.
Black Screen is presented in South Australia by Country Arts SA and the ‘Give up Smokes for Good’ campaign from Drug and Alcohol Services of South Australia (DASSA), with support from the National Film and Sound Archive and the South Australian Film Corporation. This year’s program will feature an entertaining mix of family, educational, drama and comedy short films from emerging and established Indigenous filmmakers, including four South Australian premiere screenings.
Gawler Reconciliation Community Fun Day
Apex Park. Wednesday, 30 May 10am - 2pm.
The Gawler Reconciliation Action Group is hosting its annual Reconciliation Community Fun Day. The day will include Welcome to Country, a range of interactive stalls, activities including art workshops and basket weaving, dance performances, storytelling, live music and other entertainment. Food includes homemade soups, damper cooked on the open fire and barbeque. This is a free event for the whole community.
Reconciliation Week Purple House Talks
Alice Springs Library. Tuesday, 29 May & Thursday, 31 May. 1.30 - 2.30pm
Find out more about the amazing work of the Purple House and its innovative model of health care. Learn about life as a dialysis patient living in town compared with living at home on country with family. Includes information about the renal diet and the Bush Balm social enterprise.
The Long Walk
Federation Square. Saturday, 2 June. 2pm - 6pm.
Join thousands of people in a march for reconciliation from Federation Square to the MCG. Hosted by Michael Long, the Long Walk Foundation and the AFL. Meet at Federation Square, Melbourne for stalls and performances, before proceeding on a walk to the MCG.
Reconciliation in the Park 2018
Johnstone Park. Sunday, 27 May.
Reconciliation in the Park is now in its 9th year, providing the key Aboriginal community led Reconciliation Week event of the Greater Geelong region. The 2016 Vic Community HART Award winning collaboration provides a Welcome to Country, interactive Aboriginal history & culture activities, music, performance, art exhibition at Geelong Gallery and food created by local Aboriginal women.
Nara Dreaming Exhibition
Bills Shed. Saturday 19 May - 3 June.
Discover new works by local artists in the Nara Dreaming exhibition at Bill's Shed. The exhibition coincides with Reconciliation Week each year, and the organisers (who are Indigenous and non-Indigenous) regard the event as an act of reconciliation.
This year the line-up of exhibiting artists includes sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, jewellers and more with a balance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists represented.
Sunday May 27 is sure to be one of the exhibition's busiest days, as some special four-legged guests visit the shed. Nara Dreaming will be hosting two friendly dingoes and their handlers, who will be giving a talk on the misunderstood canine. More importantly, you'll be able to pat the dingoes and get a photo with them.
For more National Reconciliation Week events, head to the Reconciliation Australia website.