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Reconciliation Week – Let’s take the next steps

Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation journey.

NRW is held from 27 May to 3 June each year. Preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May, NRW is bookended by two key events in Australia’s history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation:

  •  27 May 1967 – the referendum that 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.
  •  3 June 1992 – the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

Reconciliation Week: 26/5/15 BTN story

This Years Theme

N.R.W has a different theme each year – the 2017 theme is ‘Let’s take the next steps’. As we reflect and commemorate two significant anniversaries of reconciliation in Australia, we look to take the next steps together in our national reconciliation story.

The theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’ reflects the nature of our Nation’s reconciliation journey so far, and looks forward, taking the next steps in this continuous journey. Earmarked by the two key anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo Decision. In reflecting on and discussing taking the next steps it is important to acknowledge and discuss the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and reconciliation in Australia.

Answer the following questions and post as a comment below.

You will need to do some further research to answer some of the questions.

1. What does reconciliation mean?

2. Why do you think Reconciliation Australia chose this theme for National Reconciliation Week in 2017?
3. Does the poster effectively communicate a message about reconciliation? Why/why not?
4. What was the significance of the 1967 Referendum and what is the significance of its 50th anniversary in 2017?
5. What wast the significance of the 1992 Mabo decision, and what is the significance of its 25th anniversary in 2017?
6. What are some other significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey, and why is it important to commemorate these milestones?
7. What do you think some of the next milestones could or should be in Australia’s reconciliation journey and why? What might be your “next step” towards advancing reconciliation in Australia—as an individual, as a class, as a school and as a community?


Create your own National Reconciliation Week poster: Create your own poster based on the theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’. It is important to choose the right images, layout, size and quantity of text, colour and composition for effective communication and to grab your audiences attention. When creating your poster, consider what the purpose of the poster is, who the audience might be, and why certain images and text have been included in the poster.

7 thoughts on “Reconciliation Week – Let’s take the next steps

  1. Q4. The sigificance of the 1967 Referendum saw “90% of Australians vote to give Aust Govt power to make laws for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the census”.
    Q5. The significance of the Mabo agreement was to ” recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship with land. Paving the way for land rights or Native title”.
    Q6. Other significant milestones include (in 1965) ” University students in Sydney, including Charlie Perkins launch the Freedom Rides, travelling around NSW by bus to draw attention to discrimination against Aboriginal people”.
    (In 1973) “The Woodward Royal Commission i to Aborigibal Land rights is established paving the way for Aboriginal Land Rights Act in the Northern Territory”.

  2. 1. It means indigenous and non indigenous people get together.
    2. Because it brings everyone together.
    3. It’s making non indigenous people trust indigenous people.
    4. Because it’s fair and they will live a happier life.
    7. I think it should be trust because I don’t think everyone is trusting each other. we can do that by helping people who need help and then they should be able to trust you.

  3. 1.Relationship with indigenous and non indigenous .
    2.So we can reflect the nature of our reconciliation nation journey so far and so we can move forward and take the next step together.
    3.Yes cause it makes us take a step together as one.
    4.A 1967 aboriginal didn’t have human rights so they couldn’t vote.
    7.Make alot of posters to share around Australia so everybody knows what it means.

  4. Q1- Reconciliation week means indigest and non indigest come together and celebrate their culture.
    Q2- I think it means non indigest people can trust aboriginals and not thinking about their colour of there skin d thinking about how trustworthy they will be.
    Q3- I think is represents their culture and theme about what reconciliation week is.
    Q4- in 1967 people voted that aboriginals should get all there human rights
    Q5- the Mabo case was inportent. Legal cases in Australia that regonize the land rights
    Q7- I think it should be trust by helping people that need help and they should be able to trust you

  5. 1.indigons and non indigons people coming together.
    2.because we need to explain to people who just came to Australia.
    3.Telling us all to come together no matter what background,skin,hobbies and culture.
    4.to let aboriginals make there options and vote
    7.make a museum all about so they know that know there pain,cultures and things they do so it makes them feel more feel and celebrate what they do.

  6. 1. It means everyone comes together and listen to others.
    2. Showing kindness to indengenous people.
    3. They care about the indengenous people what they have been through.
    5. Giving land to the indengenous people and giving them human rights.
    6. Because we are to tell each others what kind of people we could be.
    7. Giving People what they want and the big thing would be to give indengenous people hope and taking a chance with each and everyone of us.

  7. 1. For Torres Strait,indigenous and non indigenous to come together and treat everyone equally.

    2. Taking the next step theme is convincing and might change other people opinion.

    3. I think it does telling people the milestones in the history of Australia and the events that happened over the years.

    4. The indigenous and Torres Strait and indigenous human right to vote.

    5. The children being taken by the government because of the skin colour of the skin of the mother or father and the white blood in their blood stream.

    I think the interesting thing about reconciliation week for me is all the indigenous and non indigenous coming together.

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