National Reconciliation Week 2012

National Reconciliation Week 2012


Posted 2012-05-12 by Vanessa Mfollow

The 2012 Reconciliation Week is a chance for Australians to learn about the shared histories of indigenous and non-indigenous cultures in Australia and consider how we, as individuals, can join the reconciliation effort. The week begins on May 27, the day after National Sorry Day. This date marks the 45th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, which allowed indigenous Australians to vote, be counted in the Australian population and have the government make laws for them. The event ends on June 3, marking the 20th anniversary of the Mabo Decision, which overturned the notion of terra nullius.

Individual Expressions of Reconciliation

The theme of this year's Reconciliation Week is Let's Talk Recognition, so you should spend some time recognising the contributions, cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Reconciliation Australia Chief Executive Leah Armstrong suggests holding a barbecue using traditional indigenous spices, listening to indigenous music or purchasing an indigenous artwork - anything that recognises indigenous Australians. Clink through to the Reconciliation Week website for more ideas on how to get involved on an individual level.

Formal Events

If you're looking for a more formal event, there are a number taking place around Sydney. For example, you could attend the Indigenous Veterans Memorial Service at Hyde Park on May 25 or join the Mabo Day Commemorative Service on June 3 at Pitt Street Uniting Church.

You also have the opportunity to listen to a lecture on the meaning of reconciliation in 2012 at Thirroul District Community Centre, Thirroul on May 30. Alternatively, you could participate in a guided tour in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on May 26, where you can discover the middens, rock art and native bush foods of West Head.

Community events

There are also a number of community events taking place around Sydney, such as the Lane Cove Children's Voices for Reconciliation performance at Lane Cove Plaza on May 30. In Newcastle, the Newcastle Family Support Services will put on a Reconciliation Week BBQ on May 30, complete with traditional foods and activities.

In Hornsby, you could attend the Children's Voices for Reconciliation event on June 1 at Hornsby Mall, Florence Street. This event will include a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and performances of songs, stories, poetry, dance and drama by indigenous and non-indigenous students.

If you live near Campbelltown you may want to make your way to Muru Nanga Mai, Wickfield Circuit, Ambarvale on May 30. Here you will be able to design a clapstick or boomerang, watch an Aboriginal performance by Koomurri or eat from the International Food Stall. There will also be a raffle, a basketball free throw competition and a jumping castle.

Art Exhibitions

Lastly, you could choose to attend one of the art exhibitions being held in honour of Reconciliation Week. At Tai Gallery in Rozelle there will be a 'Work of Art' exhibition, displaying photographs from art communities around Australia, while Erina Library will host an exhibition entitled 'Sharing the Wisdom' from May 19 to June 10.

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