National Reconciliation Week
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respect to them and their Elders - both past and present. Cairns Central is located on the land belonging to the Djabugay, Yirrganydji, Gimuy-walubarra Yidi people.
Each year from 27 May to 3 June Australia acknowledges National Reconciliation Week. This is a time for all Australians to pause, reflect and learn about the history and culture of First Nations peoples, and explore ways we can continue to shape Australia into a reconciled nation.
The dates that bookend National Reconciliation Week commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum (on 27 May 1967), and the High Court Mabo decision (on 3 June 1992).
2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process. The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2021 is More than a word. Reconciliation takes action. This theme calls on everyone to speak up, speak the truth, ask the hard questions, see the hard facts, and inform themselves about issues affecting First Nations peoples.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. Everyone is encouraged to come together, in person where it is safe to do so or online where restrictions are still in place, and join in conversations as we strive for a more just, equitable nation in an environment of unity and respect.
For more information about NRW, the 2021 theme, and for additional ideas on how to celebrate the week, visit https://www.reconciliation.org.au/nationalreconciliation-week/
To see a map of the language, tribal or nation groups of First Nations Peoples, visit the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia.