Celebrating National Reconciliation Week at ACU
Celebrating National Reconciliation Week at ACUNational Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for all Australians to contemplate, consider and reflect upon our shared history.
Preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May and running until Mabo Day on June 3rd, Reconciliation Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate two key events in Australia’s history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation;
- 27 May 1967 – the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and recognise them in the census.
- 3 June 1992 – the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights known as native title.
ACU was one of the first universities to commit to reconciliation, providing a Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation in 1998.
Victorian Indigenous Unit, Jim-baa-yer, are hosting an informal staff afternoon tea on the Melbourne and Ballarat campuses, as an opportunity discuss what reconciliation means, how it relates to the work of ACU and what assistance you might like from the Jim-baa-yer community.
VICTORIAN RECONCILLIATION WEEK EVENTS
Ballarat Campus staff afternoon tea
3pm Tuesday May 29th
Aquinas Staff Room
Melbourne Campus staff afternoon tea
3pm Thursday 31st May
Jim-Baa-Yer Indigenous Unit
Level 1, 115 Victoria Parade
For more information about events happening in your community, contact your local Centre for Indigenous Education and Research or visit the National Reconciliation Week 2012 website.