National Reconciliation Week 2017

National Reconciliation Week 2017

Indigenous Affairs Culture and Capability
Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

National Reconciliation Week 2017 logo: 50 years since the 1967 referendum. Remember. 25 years since the Mabo decision.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs from 27 May to 3 June each year to recognise two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey. They are the 1967 referendum (27 May) and the Mabo High Court decision (3 June).

The 1967 referendum result changed how the Australian Constitution refers to Indigenous Australians. It gave the Commonwealth Government power to make laws for the benefit of Indigenous peoples.

The Mabo decision recognised Indigenous peoples' rights to land and led to the legal concept of Native Title.

This year, these two dates and the events celebrating them take on greater significance. It is the 50th anniversary of the referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision.

All Australians are invited to take part in NRW.

To find out about events near you, visit Reconciliation Australia.

Follow Twitter, and Facebook, or visit the website to catch up on NRW events around Australia and read more about the anniversaries.