Reconciliation Week

Yesterday was the launch of Reconciliation Week 2021. On May 27, 1967, Australia’s most successful referendum saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the Census. On June 3, 1992, the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, the culmination of Eddie Koiki Mabo’s challenge to the legal fiction of ‘terra nullius’ (land belonging to no one) and leading to the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands.

The theme for this year’s Reconciliation Week is ‘More Than a Word. Reconciliation Takes Action’. Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians, we all have a role to play. We can collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures. 2021 marks three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process. Our Year 5 students shared a beautiful presentation with us at assembly this week reminding us that reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds, and actions of all Australians to create a nation that is strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.