• (L-R) Sen. Pat Dodson on Living Black; Reconciliation Week Walk Across the Bridge 2000; Marcia Langton in Wik Vs. Queenlsand (NITV/Various)Source: NITV/Various
Enjoy a special programming slate for Reconciliation Week 2020, exclusive interviews with Pat Dodson, powerful documentaries and a Warwick Thornton film collection.
NITV Staff Writers

15 May 2020 - 5:30 PM  UPDATED 15 May 2020 - 5:31 PM

NITV marks Reconciliation Week 2020 with a dedicated slate of programming, inviting 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.

Starting May 25 and culminating on Mabo Day on June 3, the channel will air a selection of dedicated programming, premieres and news highlights to mark the historic annual event. This year’s theme In This Together – has never been more relevant reminding us, whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all #InThisTogether

Tanya Orman, NITV Channel Manager said this year is really special as we cross the 20-year mark since the Walk of Reconciliation, and it is important for us to reflect on the past two decades and take note of how we have progressed as a nation.

"There could not have been a better reminder than the last couple of months that we all have a role to play as we inch forward as a successful nation, that we are all in this together. As Australia’s dedicated home to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content," she said.

"We always feel pride in informing and educating Australians about our shared histories and achievements through extraordinary Indigenous stories of struggle, courage and celebration. We continue to do so with this year’s Reconciliation Week offerings”.


Senator Patrick Dodson sits down with News & Current Affairs

The special programming kicks off with Australia’s longest-running Indigenous current affairs program Living Black on Monday, May 25 at 8.30pm where host Karla Grant speaks with Senator Patrick Dodson, the ‘Father of Reconciliation,’ about his life and career.

Senator Dodson also reflects on the reconciliation process; was it worthwhile, did it achieve what it set out to do and where are we as a nation in terms of Treaty, Voice to Parliament and Truth-telling?

On Wednesday, May 27 at 8.30pm, The Point's Rachael Hocking and John-Paul Janke explore how, 20 years on, COVID-19 has brought a new dimension to Reconciliation Week.

This will be followed by another special episode of Living Black the following night, Thursday, May 28 at 7.30pm to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Walk of Reconciliation. The program pays tribute to the Reconciliation Movement, started 20 years ago when almost 300,000 Australians walked across bridges across the country including Sydney Harbour Bridge on May 28 , 2000, to come together to support reconciliation and to explore and acknowledge the nation’s shared history. 


A tribute to Country 

In line with this year’s theme, NITV will also bring attention to the environment, its beauty and the issues. Kicking off with paying tribute to Country through Bamay on Saturday, May 30 at 9pm. From the Torres Straits to Tasmania, and everywhere in between – Bamay is a showcase of Australia’s most stunning landscapes.

This will be followed by a dedicated by an 8pm 'environmental slot' in the first week of June.

  • Monday, June 1: Fire Keepers of Kakadu: an Indigenous Australian documentary, follows the oldest surviving culture on Earth, the Bininj people of Kakadu, as they fight to preserve their 65,000-year-old practice of maintaining biodiversity and controlling the intense and dangerous bushfires of Australia.
  • Tuesday, June 2: Warburdar Bununu: Water Shield: a landmark film co-produced by Borroloola elders, set in the late 70s, to expose the threat to their homelands from mining development.
  • Thursday, June 4: Saving Seagrass, an exploration of the priceless environment of Roebuck Bay, Western Australia – the traditional lands of the Yawuru people – now under threat on many fronts.


Mabo Day

On June 3, NITV celebrates Mabo Day on both TV and On Demand.

  • 9.30pm on NITV: WIK vs Queensland: NITV gives a powerful insight into the High Court’s decision to grant native title to the Wik people in 1996 and the dramatic political and cultural fallout that followed. 
  • SBS On Demand will stream Mabo: Life of an Island Man: An award-winning documentary about the private and public stories of a man so passionate about his family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system. 


Celebrating Warwick Thornton

This year, NITV celebrates the works of award-winning Arrente filmmaker Warwick Thornton, with the world premiere of The Beach on Friday, May 29 at 7.30pm; a special three-event TV event across NITV, SBS and SBS On Demand.

The special slate includes:

  • Thursday, May 28 8.30pm: Sweet Country 
  • Thursday, May 28 10.25pm: Green Bush
  • Saturday, May 30 7.35pm: She Who Must Be Loved 
  • Sunday, May 31 8.05pm: We Don’t Need a Map 
  • Sunday, May 31 9.35pm: The Point: Warwick Thornton is Here 


Also on SBS On Demand

Stream a fantastic collection of Indigenous films, documentaries and series on SBS on Demand.


National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27 - June 3. In 2020, Reconciliation Australia marks 20 years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. Join the conversation on social media #NITV #NRW2020 #InThisTogether2020