National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated every year in Australia from 27 May to 3 June. First celebrated in 1996, it provides the opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians, and to commemorate two significant dates in Australia's reconciliation history:

  • 27 May: The anniversary of the 1967 referendum that saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to recognise them in the National census.
  • 3 June: On this date in 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered the landmark Mabo decision. This decision recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship with the land - rights that existed before the British arrived and can still exist today, thus leading to land rights known as Native Title.

This year, the theme for NRW is Grounded in Truth: Walk Together With Courage. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history. Our nation’s past is reflected in the present, and will continue to play out in future unless we heal historical wounds.

Today, 80 per cent of Australians believe it is important to undertake formal truth telling processes, according to the 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer. Australians are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other.

Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage. This National Reconciliation Week, we invite Australians from all backgrounds to contribute to our national movement towards a unified future.

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From the Vice Chancellor

Watch this short (3:03) video to hear Professor David Lloyd's statement on National Reconciliation Week 2019.

NRW 2019 Events

There are a huge range of events being held across UniSA campuses and South Australia during National Reconciliation Week. Click any title to jump to more details below.

Sunday 26 May

Black Screen: Port Augusta

Port Augusta Institute Theatre

A free celebration of Indigenous Film and culture that runs during National Reconciliation Week to promote cultural awareness, Indigenous screen culture and entertainment. More information here.

Monday 27 May

National Reconciliation Week: UniSA City West

UniSA City West Campus, Student Lounge

Come along to the event to learn about our shared histories, cultures, accomplishments, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. There will be traditional performances, catering and activities. More information here.

#NRWMagill Word of the Day Campaign

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UniSA Magill Campus Facebook Page

As part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages combined with Reconciliation Week, we are bringing you a word of the day in different language groups. Use #NRWMagill to go into the draw to win a daily prize of $20 Coles/Myer voucher. Full Terms and Conditions here.

Tuesday 28 May

Aboriginal Cultural Experience Tour: Botanic Gardens

Adelaide Botanical Gardens

Come along and join us for an Aboriginal Bush Food & a Social History tour through the Botanic Gardens. RSVP here.

Reconciliation Event: UniSA Mawson Lakes

UniSA Mawson Lakes Campus, GP Courtyard

Please join us as we celebrate Reconciliation Week in 2019. UniSA Mawson Lakes campus will be holding a free event which will include a range of activities including Traditional Games, a Didgeridoo performance and Dreamtime stories. We will also have Boomerang painting for a gold coin donation. There will also be a Potato Picnic campfire on site run by Uncle Dookie as well as a BBQ.

Black Screen: Whyalla

Middleback Arts Theatre, Whyalla

A free celebration of Indigenous Film and culture that runs during National Reconciliation Week to promote cultural awareness, Indigenous screen culture and entertainment. More information here.

Wednesday 29 May

Reconciliation Week at City East

UniSA City East Campus, Basil Hetzel Plaza

Please join us on the Basil Hetzel Plaza for a free event, hosting a variety of activities such as; a bush tucker tasting, live music performances, a medicinal plant stall, artefacts and storytelling, the opportunity to paint your own boomerang or native animal, and for the first time ever an opportunity to receive a free Traditional Healing by the Ngangkari Healers!

We encourage all UniSA staff and students to get involved in Reconciliation Week as we come together to celebrate and acknowledge Reconciliation Week in 2019.

Grant High School Reconciliation Stations

UniSA Mount Gambier Campus, Piazza

Students from Grant High School will be facilitating a number of stations on Mount Gambier campus to communicate their perspective on NRW. Throughout the entire week, celebrations will continue; Staff and students will be participating in the interactive displays and beginning conversation about local reconciliation issues. Each day will begin with a formal Welcome to Country, then continue with a screening of a reconciliation film created by local elder, Aunty Michele (ran on loop the entire week). Reflections on reconciliation by staff will be shared on social media.

Thursday 30 May

National Reconciliation Week Smoking Ceremony: Light Square

Light Square

In line with this year’s theme ‘Grounded in Truth – Walk Together with Courage’, representatives from 101 Currie Street and L2 60 Light Square have teamed up to provide staff, students and the local community, the opportunity to witness a Smoking Ceremony, led by accomplished Aboriginal South Australian artist, Allan Sumner.  This is a great chance to take time out of your day to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

National Reconciliation Morning Tea: UniSA Whyalla

UniSA Whyalla Campus, outside MB1-42

Staff and students to come together over morning tea to share stories and complete team activities.

Pitjantjatjara Language Class and Sausage Sizzle: UniSA Magill

UniSA Magill Campus, Student Lounge

Learn the pronunciation of the Pitjantjatjara language, a few words and the Pitjantjatjara of ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ in a half-hour language class. After the class, come and enjoy a BBQ.



Reconciliation Events @ Samstag Museum of Art

For Country, for Nation

Thursday 25 April — Friday 19 July

For Country, for Nation reflects on the experience of war from the perspective of First Nations Australians and features contemporary responses to conflict by artists such as Tony Albert, Yhonnie Scarce, Meagan Cope and Gordon Bennett. This Australian War Memorial Touring exhibition brings to light the long-standing tradition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in fighting for Country to reveal stories of service in the military and on the front lines of war.

Unbound Collective: Sovereign Acts V: Calling

Thursday 25 April — Friday 19 July

The Unbound Collective continue their research, video and performance series Bound and Unbound: Sovereign Acts  at the Samstag Museum of Art. The Unbound Collective brings together four Adelaide-based First Nations women working across art, activism and academia. Ali Gumilya Baker (Mirning), Faye Rosas Blanch (Mbararam/Yidinyji), Natalie Harkin (Narungga) and Simone Ulalka Tur (Yankunytjatjara).

ON ART Podcast: Unbound Collective —Sovereign Acts V: Calling

Available from Monday 27 May on Spotify, iTunes & more

Poetry, stories and letters from the Unbound Collective — artists, activists and academics Ali Gumilya Baker (Mirning), Faye Rosas Blanch (Mbararam/Yidinyji), Natalie Harkin (Narungga) and Simone Ulalka Tur (Yankunytjatjara).

UniSA's Reconciliation Action Plan

UniSA's Reconciliation Week supports UniSA's commitment to the recently launched Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP aims to improve education and life opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Click here for more information about the RAP.

Show Your Support

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Be Involved

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