National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27th of May and the 3rd of June. The dates represent two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.
27th of May – Marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum which gave the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.
3rd June – Is the anniversary of when The High Court of Australia delivered the Mabo decision in 1992 which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land.
Below are two BTN stories, the first is explaining who Mabo actually was and what he did for Indigenous people. The second video was from this weeks episode explaining how some Indigenous Australians are using dance and music to fight back.
The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.
We worked with our Year 3 CAT Buddies to create Aboriginal dot paintings using an outline of our hands and the colours of orange, white, black and yellow which are most commonly seen in Indigenous Australian Art.
It was a great way to honor the Indigenous Australian people along with getting to know our buddies by working together with them to create a piece of art work.
What do you think Reconciliation means?
Why do you think it is important to recognise everyone no matter their culture or background?
What do you know about Indigenous Australians and their culture?