Reconciliation Week 2023

27th May to 3rd June


Yaama All,

National Reconciliation Week is happening at the end of May which is an important set of dates in the Indigenous Australia Calendar.

I have compiled some resources for you to explore and some more information regarding the importance of the week.

There is content to read, watch, listen list and just a bunch of different ways you can participate in Reconciliation Week.

Erica Brennan

First Nations Coordinator



2023 Theme – Be a Voice for Generations

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW are the same each year; 27 May to 3 June.

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

27 May 1967. On this day, Australia’s most successful referendum saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the Census.

3 June 1992. On this day, the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, the culmination of Eddie Koiki Mabo’s challenge to the legal fiction of ‘terra nullius’ (land belonging to no one) and leading to the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands. This decision paved the way for Native Title.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

More information here

Here is a few more sources for you to get involved in reconciliation week.

READ: Poetry of FN writer collected by Reconciliation Australia –

WATCH: A huan Valley Elder Yarn about What Reconciliation means to them –

A brief history of A Brief History of Australian Colonisation, Indigenous Rights and the Reconciliation Process –

LISTEN: Kev Carmody – an absolute  music legend and co-creator or this year Reconciliation week song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ (co-written with Paul Kelly)

GIVE: Purchase some Welcome to Country Door Matts

Welcome Mat



Aboriginal Cultural Tour with Royal Botanical Garden

Wednesday 26th of May and Friday 28th May 20am-11:30am

A Morning with Gwenda Stanley (dancer, educator, cultural ambassador) @ the Marrickville Library

Sat 27th 10:30 -11:30

Gai-marigal Festival 30 May – 05 July

If you want to make the trip up to North Sydney the Gai Mariagal Festival are having a huge suite of events on country.