National Reconciliation Week is an annual event that urges all Australians to learn about our shared histories, and to take meaningful action towards contributing to strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and non Indigenous peoples. This year’s theme, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
Children’s Ground is asking schools, community groups and workplaces across Australia to ‘Wear It Yellow’ for NRW, which runs from May 27th to June 3rd. The idea is to choose a day during NRW to wear yellow, the colour of Children’s Ground, have meaningful discussions with your group and others about what your role is in the ongoing process of reconciliation, and collect donations for Children’s Ground that will go towards the First Nations children and families.
Every year National Reconciliation Week falls between May 27th – June 3rd, which are both very significant dates in the journey towards reconciliation. May 27th 1967 was the date of the momentous referendum where 90% of Australian voters chose ‘Yes’ to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census. June 3rd 1992 was the date of the Mabo decision, when Eddie Mabo challenged the Australian legal system and fought for the recognition of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of their land.
For more information on Children’s Ground, click here.