National Reconciliation Week 2017
‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’
27 May – 3 June
Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people.
In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.
The dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.
27 May — Marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.
3 June — Commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.
For more information on Griffith's commitment to reconciliation see the Griffith University Statement on Reconciliation.
Walk and Talk, Nathan campus
Tuesday 30 May, 2017
In acknowledgement of National Reconciliation Week, the GUMURRII Student Support Unit hosts the 'Walk and Talk' events which bring together staff and students, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, in the spirit of reconciliation. We hope that you can join us.
- When: Tuesday 30 May, 2017 at 10.00 am
- Where: Meet in front of M23 Undercroft, Mt Gravatt campus and walk to Nathan campus
- What: Bush walk from Mt Gravatt to Nathan campus followed by light refreshments
Walk and Talk, Gold Coast campus
Thursday 1 June, 2017
- When: Thursday 1 June, 2017 at 10.00 am
- Where: Meet in front of G52 International Building, Gold Coast campus
- What: Campus walk followed by light refreshments
If you would like to attend an event please RSVP by Friday 26 May, 2017.