Reconciliation Week starts on May 27, which is the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, and it runs to Mabo Day on June 3, the day the High Court of Australia recognised the land rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It’s an annual celebration of how far we’ve come, but also a recognition of what’s yet to be achieved. Sydney marks the occassion with art exhibitions, music, talks and discussions, theatre and experiences connecting all Australians with Indigenous history and culture.
Events during National Reconciliation Week
In this free exhibition, there are 40 sacred bark paintings displayed, revealing the history of a momentous sea rights win for Aboriginal peoples, as well as oral histories, aerial photography and traditional and contemporary Indigenous objects. They tell the story of the Indigenous people of the North East Arnhem Land area campaigning to stop illegal fishing in the area and confirm in the High Cout of Australia their ownership over the waters of the region.