National Reconciliation Week | Be Brave. Make Change.

National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. It is also an important time to explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

National Reconciliation Week commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the success of the 1967 referendum and the 1992 High Court Mabo decision. 

The theme for 2022 is, Be Brave. Make Change. This is a challenge to all Australians – individuals, families, communities, organisations and government to be brave and tackle unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for the benefit of all Australians (source).


  • 27 May 1967 – the anniversary of the referendum when Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • 3 June 1992 – marks the historic Mabo decision in which the High Court of Australia recognised native title – the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights over their lands did survive British colonisation.
  • 26 May 1998 – is National Sorry Day, which was first held in Sydney in 1988 and is now commemorated nationally to remember and honour the Stolen Generations.
  • 3 June 2012 – marked the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision and the 45th anniversary of the 1967 referendum.


National Reconciliation Week 2022 - Gabrielle Wilson, Dharawal/Yuin Woman

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National Reconciliation Week 2022 - Cr David Law | Division 10

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National Reconciliation Week 2022 - Emma Thomas | CEO Sunshine Coast Council

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Libraries has a great range of resources to help you stand with First Nations Australians – you can read, watch, listen and learn with these great titles. Drop into your local library to find your next title or download a popular eBook or audiobook from our extensive eLibrary.


Top First Nations eBooks:

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Listen to inspirational stories with these eAudiobooks:

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Stream First Nations eMovies on Beamafilm:

  • The Australian Dream (MA15+) - The remarkable story of AFL legend Adam Goodes.
  • In My Blood it Runs (PG) – Filmmaker Maya Newell follows a 10-year-old boy and his family as they strive to give him the best education possible.
  • Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy (M) – Djalu Gurruwiwi is an aging elder in a line 60,000 years long who is running out of time to pass on the Yidaki Songlines entrusted to him for the future of his people.
  • Servant or Slave (M) – In Australia, during the era of Stolen Generations, thousands of Aboriginal girls were taken from their families and pressed into domestic servitude by the Australian Government.
  • Spear (M) – A young man named Djali travels from North East Arnhem Land to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world
  • Emu Runner (PG) – Gem a spirited 8-year-old girl, deals with the grief of her mother’s death by forging a bond with a wild emu.
  • Utopia (M) – Utopia is a vast region in northern Australia and home to the oldest presence on earth.

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Set up a playlist featuring these First Nations artists:

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Check out these First Nations podcasts:

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More reconciliation and First Nations information:

State of Reconciliation in Australia | ReconciliationAus

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