The Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee invites you to the annual raising of the Aboriginal Flag during National Reconciliation Week.
Date: Tuesday 30 May 2017
Time: 10 – 11:30am
Venue: Reconciliation Mural
Market Street, Muswellbrook
The Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee invites you to morning tea following the ceremony to celebrate this important week.
The theme of National Reconciliation Week 2017 is: 'Let’s Take the Next Steps’
In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.
As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90% of Australian vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.
On the 3rd June, 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land – that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights called Native Title.