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National Reconciliation Week

27 May - 3 June

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.

Demystifying History – Indigenous Culture in the Glenelg Shire

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.

What is the Theme for 2019?

The theme for NRW 2018 is Grounded in Truth - Walk Together with Courage.

At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history. Our nation’s past is reflected in the present, and will continue to play out in future unless we heal historical wounds.

Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage. This National Reconciliation Week, we invite Australians from all backgrounds to contribute to our national movement towards a unified future.

Events in 2019

A full list of events in celebration of NRW 2019 in the Glenelg Shire are below:

Community Event
Portland Civic Hall, Bentinck Street, Portland
Friday 31 May 2019, 11.00am – 1.30pm

11.00am Traditional Aboriginal Smoking ceremony
11.30am Welcome performance by Winda-Mara dancers
11.40am Event commencement
• Welcome to Country
• Official welcome
• Acknowledgement of Country by HDSC students
• Student Speeches
• Youth Project Presentation
• Special guest speaker Peter Robinson, Melbourne Storm past Player & current Player Development Officer
12.45pm Light luncheon with entertainment


Please RSVP to Jane Ruge by Friday 17 May.

National Reconciliation Week Opening Event - Citizenship Ceremony
Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area
Monday 27 May

School Activity Day - Traditional Games and Aboriginal Language
Portland Civic Hall
Tuesday 28 May, 10.30am – 1pm

Kathleen Millikan Centre – Room Name Opening
Kathleen Millikan Centre, Casterton
Thursday 30 May, 10.30am – 12pm

Celebrate the renaming of the children’s rooms at the Kathleen Millikan Centre, Casterton.
The chosen aboriginal Room names were selected by the children, their families and community.

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