More than a word. Reconciliation takes action

National Reconciliation Week, held each year from 27 May to 3 June, is a time for all Australians to learn and celebrate our common histories, cultures and achievements, and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

This year marks 20 years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process. The theme for 2021, ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, encourages braver and more impactful action.

Griffith strives to be a place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are valued and respected, and where First Australian Peoples’ cultures and knowledge are integral to our vision for learning, teaching, research and community engagement.

As we move along a path of inclusion, equality and understanding, we recognise reconciliation is a shared process and every student and staff member has a role to play.

We contribute by collectively building relationships and communities that value First Peoples' histories, cultures and futures.

National Reconciliation Week events

The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998, one year after the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in Parliament.

To mark the anniversary, the Student Guild will host Market Day on the Gold Coast campus with food trucks, traditional activities and performances and will screen the National Apology to the Stolen Generations by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

When: Wednesday 26 May from 10 am to 2 pm

Where: Library Lawns (G11), Gold Coast campus

There is no need to register for this event.

On 27 May 1967, Australians voted to change the Constitution so that like all other Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples would be counted as part of the population and the Commonwealth would be able to make laws for them.

To mark the anniversary, we ask you to join us for the annual Walk and Talk through Toohey Forest followed by light refreshments at the EcoCentre.

When: Thursday 27 May from 10 to 11.30 am

Where: Undercroft (M23), Mt Gravatt campus and walk to the EcoCentre, Nathan campus

The Griffith Intercampus bus is a free service provided for staff, students and clients of the University travelling between the Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses departing every 15 minutes.

To attend the Walk and Talk, please register here.

Join students from the Queensland Conservatorium as they mark National Reconciliation Week in concert.

When: Tuesday 1 June at 1.05 pm

Where: Conservatorium Foyer (S01), South Bank campus

You can find out more information here on the Reconciliation Concert.

The Griffith Film School (GFS) will be screening 'The Furnace' in recognition of National Reconciliation Week. Chosen by the First Peoples students at Griffith Film school, the film is a complex representation of different cultures converging at a pivotal time in Australia’s history.

The film illuminates the forgotten history of Australia's 'Ghan' cameleers, predominantly Muslim and Sikh men from India, Afghanistan and Persia, who traversed the Nation's vast desert interior, thereby forming unique bonds with local Aboriginal people.

When: Wednesday 2 June at 6 pm

Where: Griffith Film School (S08), South Bank campus

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is an invitation only event.