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 three BTN stories. The first video explains the significance of Reconciliation Week and the other videos explain who Mabo actually was and what he did for Indigenous people.
Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.
As a class we looked at Aboriginal paintings and the symbols that are used in their art.
We then looked at the Indigenous Round in AFL. As we have lots of footy fans in the room there was a lot of conversations about different guernseys and what they represent. We looked at a few closely and read about what the artist’s reasons for using the symbols and their connection to the football club or area of where they are based. Check out a few that wee looked at closely..
After this we designed a Grange School Uniform using the Aboriginal dot painting technique, symbols and the colours of orange, white, black and yellow which are most commonly seen in Indigenous Australian Art. We were careful to choose symbols that represented Grange and the area, for example, water, sand, oval etc. Some of us also drew the Kaurna Shield because the Kaurna people are the Aboriginal group that were based in Adelaide all those years ago.