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.

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.

There are a huge range of events being held across UniSA campuses and South Australia during National Reconciliation Week for 2017.

Schedule of Reconciliation Week events for 2017


19 May 2017


25 May 2017


26 May 2017


27 May 2017

2017 NRW Breakfast
Reconciliation in the North Morning Tea
Sorry Day in the North

Healing Foundation's Sorry Day
Screening of 'Vote Yes for Aborigines'


28 May 2017


29 May 2017


30 May 2017


31 May 2017

Blackwood Walk of Reconciliation
Screening of 'The Panther Within'

Weaving/Art Workshops
Mawson Lakes Reconciliation Week event

Reconciliation Week Morning Tea

Tile painting and BBQ Lunch

SPICED Cultural Cooking Demonstrations

Screening of Zach's Ceremony

Aboriginal Futures, Post Referendum 1967, Where to From Here?
City East Reconciliation Week Event

Screening of Mabo

Reconciliation Afternoon Tea and Artwork Viewing


1 June 2017


2 June 2017


3 June 2017


4 June

Mount Gambier Reconciliation Week Event

Screening of Zach's Ceremony
Screening of Freedom Ride
Mabo Documentary Screening
Southern Reconciliation Run/Walk
6.45 - 9am 2017 NRW Breakfast
Presenting Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia's First People as the Keynote Speaker reflecting on the 'four R's' (racism, Redfern Statement, recognition, reconciliation).
Adelaide Convention Centre
 9.45 - 11.45am Reconciliation in the North Morning Tea
With Keynote speaker Jack Kanya Buckskin speaking about 'Our Languages Matter' - Kaurna Language. Registrations essential. Click here to register.
Golden Grove Arts Centre
 10am - 2pm Sorry Day in the North
Free community event with a Welcome to Country by Allan Sumner, followed by celebration and lunch. Click here for more information.
The Stolen Generation Memorial and Healing Garden
10.30am - 2.30pm Healing Foundation's Sorry Day
There'll be a Kaurna Nakko Nakkondi Tutto Bandiappendi Welcome, coming home stories, guest speakers and music entertainment, FREE BBQ by Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council and much more. Click here for more information.
Victoria Square
1pm Screening of 'Vote Yes for Aborigines'
Presented by Reconciliation SA and the Don Dunstan Foundation
Capri Theatre
11.30am Blackwood Walk of Reconciliation
Gather at the Soldier's Memorial for a public walk to the Colebrook Home site.
Soldier's Memorial
12.15 - 2pm Screening 'The Panther Within'
UniSA alumni, Edoardo Crismani has made a film about the mysterious life of Joe Murray, Crismani's grandfather, a 1920s SA indigenous boxer known as the ‘Black Panther'.
Magill campus
10.30am - 1.30pm Weaving/Art Workshops
The Business School is working with Marra Dreaming to bring you a workshop combining both weaving and Aboriginal Cultural art! This will focus on understanding the significance of dot painting and creating a canvas of your own story to take with you.
It's free to come along, but registrations are essential. Register here.
City West, Student Lounge
10.30am - 2.30pm Mawson Lakes Reconciliation Week Event
Free BBQ, Painting, Bush Food planting and tasting and Potato Picnic at Wadajaden Scrub.
Mawson Lakes Community Garden
10.30 - 11.30am Reconciliation Week Morning Tea
There'll be native Australian plants for students to plant in the garden and take home, along with Indigenous food.
City West, Rooftop Community Garden (Kaurna Building)
11am - 2pm Tile painting and BBQ Lunch
Tile painting around the theme 'what reconciliation means to me' to be displayed around campus - enjoy a BBQ at lunch.
Magill, Lawn area outside of Aroma
5 - 8pm SPICED cultural Cooking Demonstrations
Come and join us for a free cooking demonstration of Indigenous food in celebration of Reconciliation Week.
City West, Student Lounge
5.30pm Screening of 'Zach's Ceremony' City West, Student Lounge
6 - 8pm Aboriginal Futures, Post Referendum 1967, Where to From Here?
This symposium is an opportunity to discuss the 1967 Referendum and where to from here for Aboriginal futures.
City West, Bradley Forum
12 - 2pm City East Reconciliation Week Event
There’ll be a Bush Food tasting and BBQ, as well as basket weaving and rock painting for students to get involved in.
City East, Basil Hetzel Plaza
12.15 - 2pm Screening of Mabo
This telemovie tells the story of Eddie 'Koiki' Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander, who left school at 15, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius. It traces Koiki's life, through his early exile from his beloved Murray Island, his years of working on the trochus trawlers and the outback railways, to his decision to embrace activism. It also tells of his struggles to begin a school specifically for Aboriginal and Islander children. There'll also be popcorn available at the screening.
Magill, B1-55
3.30 - 5.30pm Reconciliation Afternoon Tea + Artwork Viewing
Invitation for local school students, staff and parents, and UniSA students and staff to view the artwork plus enjoy afternoon tea.
Magill, Caf Dining Area
11.30am - 2pm Mount Gambier Reconciliation Week Event
There'll be a bush tucker lunch, with a talk about bush tucker by Ian Perry and Ken Jones. Plus, there'll be a workshop painting on tiles which will be displayed on campus for a month and then returned to the owner/artist.
Mount Gambier, Piazza
12.15pm Screening of 'Zach's Ceremony' City West, Student Lounge
12.15 - 2pm Screening of 'Freedom Ride'
This film takes Charles Perkins back to Moree and Walgett and uses newsreel footage and dramatic reconstructions to retrace his story + popcorn.
Magill, B1-55
Magill, B1-55
Mabo Documentary Screening
Presented by Reconciliation SA and the Don Dunstan Foundation.
Southern Reconciliation Run/Walk
Presented by Southern Deadly Fun Run Series.

The theme of National Reconciliation Week is "Let's Take the Next Steps". To find out more information, visit the National Reconciliation Week website.

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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