Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by ATSI people and other Australians.

The dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.

 

May 27—Marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum which saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for ATSI 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 ATSI 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

 

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