National Reconciliation Week


Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

The dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

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.

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.

Make reconciliation part of your story, and your future.

2022 Community Events

The Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership Group are inviting you to attend one of the many community events as part of National Reconciliation Week (NRW).  

A full program of events can be downloaded here(PDF, 2MB).

Kutcha Edwards - Circling Time Performance

Singer/songwriter, stolen generations activist and proudMutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta and Nari Nari man, Kutcha Edwards will be performing at the Portland Arts Centre.

His stage show "Circling Time" is arranged in sequences exploring Kutcha’s life through the themes of Country, Birth, Youth, Politics, Love, Culture, Healing and Hope.

Portland Arts Centre

Saturday 21 May, 7:30pm

Book now at: or call 03 5522 2155.

Glenelg Libraries Storytime

The Glenelg Libraries outreach van will hit the road with Storytime in Heywood.


Friday 27 May

Heywood Apex Park with guest Winda Mara CEO and outreach van design artist Jason Walker.

No bookings required.

Colouring competition

Dhauwurrd Wurrung Elderly and Community Services (DWECH) have a community wide colouring in competition with age categories spanning from 6 and under right the way through to an open category, with prizes for all.  

For further information visit the DWECH Facebook page.

National Reconciliation Week Virtual Breakfast

Reconciliation Victoria invites reconciliation supporters to join a virtual breakfast to launch National Reconciliation Week and celebrate Reconciliation Victoria’s 20-year milestone anniversary.

Fri, 27 May 2022

7:30 am – 9:00 am

Online registrations required through Eventbrite.

Reconciliation Week Sporting Match

The Heywood Football Netball Club will host a flag raising ceremony and morning tea, followed by the senior’s football game, as part of the Reconciliation Week match against Heathmere Football Netball Club on Saturday 28 May.

Entry is $10 per person, at the Heywood Recreation Reserve.


Community Lunch Event

The Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership Group will host a community lunch event with partnership members to launch the new five year partnership agreement. 

The event will take place at the DWECH Cultural Healing Centre, Julia Street on Friday 3 June at 11:30 am.




A Brief History

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous People) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first ‘National Reconciliation Week’.

In 2000, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation.

Today NRW is celebrated by communities, businesses and individuals at thousands of events across Australia.