National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia between 27 May and 3 June each year. The dates commemorate two significant milestones on the reconciliation calendar – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision in 1992.
NRW is dedicated to helping all Australians learn about their histories (Aboriginal and settler) as well as their cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
In this spirit, GCPC is organising a NRW event on Saturday 30 May. The walk along the river via Aboriginal Interpretive Sites will be led by Wiradjuri woman, Jennifer Newman.
Event: Marrickville Aboriginal Interpretive Walk and Naming of ‘Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park’
Date: Saturday 30th May
Place: Steel Park in Marrickville near the Cooks River
Speakers: Jennifer Newman (local Wiradjuri woman) and John Butcher (GCPC convenor)
Sponsors: Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC) and Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA)
- Read the Media Release here and view the poster here.
- Information about the national referendum on 27 May 1967 can be found here. The One first question put was ‘DO YOU APPROVE the proposed law for the alteration of the Constitution entitled ‘An Act to alter the Constitution so as to omit certain words relating to the People of the Aboriginal Race in any State and so that Aboriginals are to be counted in reckoning the Population?’ This proposed law was supported by 90.8% of voters. The second question put in the referendum, on the composition of parliament, was rejected.
- Information about the High Court’s Mabo decision on 3 June 1992, which recognised native title for the first time, can be accessed here.