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National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2018

The theme for NRW 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery.

This year, we invite Australians to Learn, Share, and Grow – by exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.

During NRW 2018, RQI Board Members will be travelling throughout Queensland to promote and conduct activities and presentations about Reconciliation to local councils, church groups and communities.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

27 May and 3 June commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

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You can download a jointly-branded RQI and Reconciliation Australia poster, by clicking on this image.

National Reconciliation Week 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.

A brief history

National Reconciliation Week 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. In the same year, approximately 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of NRW, showing support for the reconciliation process.

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

Get involved in NRW 2018

We’ll progressively update this page with information about NRW 2018 events happening in Queensland. Below are some Queensland events occurring during, in the lead-up to, and shortly after, NRW 2018:

South East Queensland

Far North Queensland

North Queensland

  • Date TBA – Palm Island
    2018 marks the centenary of the first placement of people on Palm Island. The centenary provides an opportunity to commemorate the past 100 years and to celebrate a new future for the people of Palm Island. The Elders and senior citizens in the community have nominated old time dancing as their own way of celebrating the Centenary during National Reconciliation Week. RQI will support the event and provide guest speakers and will distribute reconciliation information and resources to all those attending the event.

Coral Coast (Mackay/Whitsunday)

  • May 28 – Mackay
    RQI is partnering with local community organisations, Mackay Regional Council and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants Program

Other NRW 2018 ‘grass roots’ events happening around the State have been funded through the Queensland Government’s Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants Program. A list of those events is available here.

Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships calendar

A list of events occurring around Queensland during NRW 2018 and into NAIDOC Week is available on the website of the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. View that calendar here.

Reconciliation Australia NRW 2018 events calendar

To find an event near you or to register your event, click here for Reconciliation Australia’s website, where you’ll also be able to download all the Don’t Keep History a Mystery themed resources for 2018.

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