National Reconciliation Week (NRW) has been held in Australia every year between May 27 and June 3 since 1996. It provides the opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The theme for NRW 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated to commemorate two significant dates in Australia's reconciliation history:

  • 27 May: This date marks 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.

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There are a huge range of events being held across UniSA campuses and South Australia during National Reconciliation Week.

Schedule of Reconciliation Week Events for 2018

Thursday 24 May

 Sunday 27 May

Monday 28 May

 Tuesday 29 May

Reconciliation in the North Morning Tea

Reconciliation Sunday Service

Kaurna Reconciliation Walk

Reconciliation SA NRW Launch Breakfast

Reconciliation Week Celebration Workshops

City West Reconciliation Week Morning Tea

Mt Gambier Reconciliation Week Event: story Telling with Ken Jones

101 Currie Reconciliation Week Event

Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration

Wednesday 30 May

Thursday 31 May

Friday 1 June

 Ongoing

Intergenerational Art Workshop and Stories

Reconciliation in the South

Whyalla Reconciliation Week Event

City East Reconciliation Week Event

Mt Gambier Reconciliation Week Event: Traditional Indigenous Lunch

Magill Reconciliation Week Event

Reconciliation in the West

Mawson Lakes Reconciliation Week Event

Mt Gambier Reconciliation Week Event: Welcome to Country with Aunty Michelle

City West Reconciliation Week Event: SPICED Cooking Demonstration

ON ART: Launch - Vernon Ah Kee; Kaurna Language Public Artwork Project

Film screening: Servant or Slave

Reconciliation Celebration for Young People at Warriparinga

Kumangka – Together, In One, In Company

Aboriginal Art Workshops

Reconciliation Week Story Time

Some Identity: Who are you? 

Thursday 24 May

9.45am - 12.00pm Reconciliation in the North Morning Tea
This is a joint event with the City of Tea Tree Gully and the City of Salisbury. Mayor Kevin Knight and Mayor Gillian Aldridge invite you to join us for the Reconciliation in the North morning tea. Register here.
Golden Grove Arts Centre

Sunday 27 May

 9.30am Reconciliation Sunday Service
Reconciliation Sunday Worship Service with Reconciliation Liturgy, Prayers and Songs - Speaker Rev Mark Kickett, State Development Officer for the United Aboriginal & Islander Christian Congress in SA. More information.
Pilgrim Uniting Church 
1.30pm - 4.30pm Kaurna Reconciliation Walk
The UniSA Business School takes you on a trip through Indigenous culture in the spirit of reconciliation. Join together with us to explore the rich cultural heritage of the Kaurna people. Register here.
Torrens Parade Ground/ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial

Monday 28 May

6.45am - 9.00am Reconciliation SA NRW Launch Breakfast
Reconciliation SA will launch National Reconciliation Week in South Australian with its NRW Breakfast. Register here.
Adelaide Convention Centre
10.00am - 3.30pm Reconciliation Week Celebration Workshops
Participate, learn and share in a variety of FREE workshops at the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre Warriparinga. Register here.
Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
11.00am - 12.00pm

City West Reconciliation Week Morning Tea
Come and join us in the UniSA Community Garden for a morning tea for Reconciliation Week - coffee, vegan and Indigenous catering and planting activity with native Australian plants. All UniSA students, staff, alumni and guests welcome. More information.

City West Campus, Rooftop, Level 5, Kaurna Building
4.00pm

Mt Gambier Reconciliation Week Event: Story Telling with Ken Jones
Come to campus and bring the family to listen to dream time stories told by Ken Jones, local elder.

Mt Gambier Campus

Tuesday 29 May

12.00pm - 3.00pm 101 Currie Reconciliation Week Event
Want a chance to contribute to a unique piece of art created by the staff at 101? Join us in the training room between 11-2 to make your mark. The finished piece will be proudly hung in the building. We’ll also have some nibbles catered by Aboriginal companies for you to sample!

For more information or to get involved email Sarah Hardy
AU2-02, 101 Currie Street
6.30pm - 8.30pm  Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration
Join the Don Dunstan Foundation and Reconciliation SA for the 12th annual Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration this 29 in Adelaide. Register here.
Bonython Hall 

Wednesday 30 May

10.30am - 12.00pm Intergenerational Art Workshop and Stories
Meet some of our aboriginal elders and create a boomerang art piece to take home. Stories from the Stolen Generation will be shared at this event. Register here.
Holden Hill Community Centre
10.30am - 2.30pm Reconciliation in the South
The Joining Hands and Minds Task Group supported by the City of Onkaparinga invites the community to be a part of celebrating Reconciliation Week 2018 at this family friendly event. More information.
Noarlunga Centre
11.30am - 1.30pm Whyalla Reconcilitation Week Event
There'll be a Reconciliation book and Aboriginal arts display (main foyer), cooking demonstration (8am-11am), Welcome to Country, BBQ lunch (Kangaroo tail & bush tucker tasting), Umeewarra Aboriginal Media live Broadcast, arts & crafts, physical activities and AIME.
Whyalla Campus, Front Lawns
12.00pm - 2.00pm City East Reconciliation Week Event
There'll be a native BBQ taster by Indigenous Caterers Red Centre Enterprise, live acoustic performance by Aboriginal artist Nathan May, traditional basket weaving, Aboriginal storytelling and interactive games.
City East Campus, Basil Hetzel Plaza
12.00pm Mt Gambier Reconciliation Week Event: Traditional Indigenous Lunch
Ian Perry (local chef) will be preparing a range of traditional Indigenous foods to try.
Mt Gambier Campus, Piazza
12.30pm - 3.30pm Magill Reconciliation Week Event
There'll be a Welcome to Country and talk on Reconciliation, art activities, documentaries and short films with free popcorn.
Student Lounge, Magill Campus

Thursay 31 May

10.30am - 2.30pm Reconciliation in the West
Annual National Reconciliation Week free public event. Partnership between Tauondi Aboriginal College, AnglicareSA, Uniting SA and Life Without Barriers. More information.
Tauondi Aboriginal College
11.00am - 3.00pm Mawson Lakes Reconciliation Week Event
There'll be free BBQ and tastings, basket weaving, art work, traditional games and music.
Mawson Lakes Campus, GP Courtyard
12.30pm

Mt Gambier Reconciliation Week Event: Welcome to Country with Aunty Michelle
Aunty Michelle, a local elder will be welcoming everyone to country.

Mt Gambier Campus
5.00pm - 8.00pm City West Reconciliation Week Event: SPICED Cooking Demonstration
Learn how to cook Indigenous food. All UniSA students, staff, alumni and guests welcome to attend. More information.
City West, Student Lounge
5.00pm - 7.00pm

ON ART: Launch - Vernon Ah Kee; Kaurna Language Public Artwork Project
Join us as we celebrate National Reconciliation Week with a bold new public art project by Brisbane-based artist Vernon Ah Kee. Food and drink will be served at this free event, and all are welcome to attend. More information.

City West, Samstag Museum of Art
7.00pm - 8.30pm Film screening: Servant or Slave
An emotional film by Steven McGregor, telling the confronting stories of the history and legacy of domestic servitude enforced upon Aboriginal girls in Australia, through the stories of five women. Register here.
City of Tea Tree Gully Library 

Friday 1 June

10.00am - 2.00pm Reconciliation Celebration for Young People at Warriparinga
A day of fun and entertainment for families and young people including bubble soccer, native animals, cooking kangaroo tails, music, art exhibition, youth service providers and more. More information.
Living Kaurna Cultural Centre

Ongoing

10.00am - 4.00pm Kumangka – Together, In One, In Company (18 May - 10 June)
A gallery exhibition showcasing artwork in various media to celebrate and showcase local Aboriginal artists. More information.
Marion Cultural Centre
10.00am - 12.00pm Aboriginal Art Workshops (19 and 26 May)
Free Aboriginal art workshops to learn about Aboriginal art and create a small work to take home or contribute towards a temporary art installation as part of the City of Marion Reconciliation exhibition. Register here.
Marion Cultural Centre
10.15am - 11.15am Reconciliation Week Story Time (28 May - 1 June)
Reconciliation-themed story time for children. Stories, rhymes and activities all suitable for 2-5 year olds. Celebrating Reconciliation Week 2018 in Adelaide's north-east. More information.
Tea Tree Gully Library
12.00pm - 5.00pm Some Identity: Who are you? (3 June - 14 July)
An exploration of identity - national, socio-cultural and personal. Works by indigenous South Australian artist Scott Rathman. More information.
Gallery 1855

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.

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