Learning and Teaching

Reconciliation week 27 May - 3 June

“We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong peoples of the Kulin Nation and pay our respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging. Ancestors have walked this country and we acknowledge their special and unique place in our nation’s historical, cultural and linguistic identity.”

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a way of building community understanding and pride in reconciliation. 

NRW is held from 27 May to 3 June each year, when all Australians can:

  • reflect on our shared histories, cultures and achievements 
  • explore how we can join the national reconciliation journey.

Reconciliation Australia develops a different theme for National Reconciliation Week (NRW) each year. National Sorry Day is on 26 May, the day before NRW. The week then starts and ends with two important dates:

  • 27 May – in 1967, 90% of Australians voted ‘yes’ in a referendum, giving the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and count them in the census.
  • 3 June – in 1992, the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights and Native Title.

The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians—individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for the benefit of all Australians. National Reconciliation Week—27 May to 3 June—is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.


Across next week, our Learning Communities will have a focus on National Reconciliation Week. 


Storybox Library includes many stories that you can read and discuss with your children. They have an article about Reconciliation week here  - https://storyboxlibrary.com.au/blog/national-reconciliation-week-stories-celebrating-first-nations-peoples 


Deborah Courtney

Director of Learning and Teaching