Here at PeoplePlus Australia, we encourage Indigenous initiatives to make a difference to our wider Australian and Indigenous community, and this year, we are focusing on National Reconciliation Week (NRW).

Held from Friday 27 May – Friday 3 June, National Reconciliation Week is a time to celebrate and strengthen the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

The dates that bookend NRW are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.

27 May: Marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

3 June: Commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

This year, 2016, is particularly momentous, with Reconciliation Australia celebrating a number of anniversaries—including 25 years of formal reconciliation in Australia with the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 1991. It is also 15 years since Reconciliation Australia was formed and 10 years of success in its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program.

Make reconciliation part of your story and your future by getting involved in some of the National Reconciliation Week (NRW) activities suggested here:

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