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.