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NRW 2018: Don't keep history a mystery

Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

National Reconciliation Week: Black and white image of Indigenous people

The theme this year is “Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow”, which explores history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to learn more about the Australian story.

For example, the dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.

27 May - 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 - Commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

Social Work Focus - The First Australians: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

This year, we have published a special edition of Social Work Focus, which is a celebration of Indigenous social work.

Social Work Focus - Autumn 2018 cover - Starry night artwork with burnt orange accent

Media release

National Reconciliation Week 2018: Don’t keep history a mystery

National Reconciliation Week events

Reconciliation Australia provides an extensive list of NRW events across Australia.

The AASW’s Reconciliation Action Plan

The AASW’s vision for reconciliation is one of increased understanding and appreciation across the Australian social work profession about the histories and cultures of the First Australians. We seek to build upon the key learnings from history and work towards the development of meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as colleagues, community members and people who use our services, founded on recognition and respect.

Read the AASW's Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-19

AASW advocacy

The AASW has prepared statements, position papers and submissions to government inquiries investigating matters related to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Statements and position papers

Submissions to inquiries

More information

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers