National Reconciliation Week calls for bravery and change

Thank you for joining us in the city this National Reconciliation Week for events promoting truth-telling, learning, healing and change.

From Thursday 27 May to Friday 3 June, a series of poignant events shone a light on tens of thousands of years of rich Aboriginal history, language and stories.

The theme of this year’s National Reconciliation Week was Be Brave. Make Change. – challenging us to be brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for all. 

National Reconciliation Week events in Melbourne included an oration by Adam Briggs, a screening of the film Ripple Effect, a discussion with Aboriginal authors, storytime sessions, and a Mabo Day concert.

On National Sorry Day, we also lit up Melbourne Town Hall in purple – the colour of the native hibiscus rose – to pay respect to the Stolen Generations.

About National Reconciliation Week 
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 contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.   

The dates for NRW remain the same each year: 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Ways to deepen your understanding year-round

Aboriginal Mapping project: Learn about places of Aboriginal cultural significance using this new interactive digital map – a powerful truth-telling tool that offers an insight into the history of the land and its Traditional Owners.    

Book recommendations: Deepen your understanding of Aboriginal history, culture and achievement with this reading list of books by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, featuring new literature and thought-provoking topics. You can borrow all these books from our libraries.

Walking tours: Take a self-guided walk from Fitzroy Gardens to Docklands to learn more about Aboriginal heritage and culture, including scarred trees, historical meeting places and monuments, or book a tour with an expert guide from the Koorie Heritage Trust.

Find out more

We are committed to demonstrating how genuine reconciliation can happen between Aboriginal people and the broader community in the City of Melbourne. 

We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection the Wurundjeri, Bunurong, Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wadawurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin have to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

Aboriginal culture, knowledge and heritage enrich the city’s growth and development. 

For more information, including educational videos, audio recordings and other resources, visit National Reconciliation Week.