26 May: National Sorry Day
National Sorry Day offers the community the opportunity to acknowledge the impact of the policies spanning more than 150 years of forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 following the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report, Bringing Them Home: The ‘Stolen Children’ report (1997) which recommended that a national day of observance be declared.
27 May – 3 June: National Reconciliation Week
Each year, National Reconciliation Week celebrates the rich culture and history of the first Australians. The week provides an opportunity to reflect on achievements so far and the things which must still be done to achieve reconciliation.
For more information visit the Reconciliation Australia website at www.reconciliation.org.au
3 June: MABO day
Mabo day marks the anniversary of the High Court of Australia’s judgement in 1992 in the Mabo case. This is a day of particular significance for Torres Strait Islander Australians.
For more information visit the Mabo Native Title website at www.mabonativetitle.com/home.shtml
For a full list of important reconciliation-related dates for 2012, please visit our Important Dates 2012 page, under the Events section of this site.