Significant dates

Below is information regarding upcoming significant dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Most of the information has been taken off the relevant websites. [Provided by Maree Edwards, Lake Macquarie City Council]

Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations 26 May 2015

The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 – one year after the tabling of the report Bringing them Home, May 1997. The report was the result of an inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The 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 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

3 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 colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights called Native Title.

NAIDOC Week Sunday 5 July – Sunday 12 July 2015
This year’s theme is “We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate”. The theme highlights the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. It provides the opportunity to pay respects to country; honour those who work tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture, and share the many stories of significant sites or sacred places with the nation. Visit the NAIDOC website for resources and ideas to promote NAIDOC week in your community

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