National Reconciliation Week - 27th May to 3rd June

National Reconciliation Week is being celebrated at Cronulla library, at 10.30am on Monday 3rd June. 
Bookings are still being taken.

An Aboriginal Cultural Morning - Through Their Eyes, conducted by an Aboriginal Discovery Guide from the Royal National Park will take us on a journey of understanding, sharing and cultural learning. See and hear how for tens of thousands of years Aboriginal people lived in harmony with the natural environment. Learn about their values and relationships with the land, water, plants and animals.

Ever wonder why National Reconciliation Week is held during this week? These dates are very significant dates in the history of our country.

On the 27th May 1967 more than 90% of Australians voted YES to the 1967 Referendum question, which would give the Australian Government the power to make laws concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and for these peoples to be counted on the Australian census. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples already had the right to vote federally since 1962.

June 3rd 1992 the Australian High Court delivered its landmark Mabo Decision, which recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship with the land and that this relationship still exists. This decision paved the way for land rights called Native Title.

During National Reconciliation Week check out the profiles of some of the ambassadors for National Reconciliation Week and why they want to be a part of it. The theme, Let’s Talk Recognition, focuses on how Australians can better recognise each other, and the contributions, cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. So why not use this opportunity to view the Share Our Pride website and get a glimpse of life from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective. The National Reconciliation Week website also has these resources to learn more about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 
Or visit a library and borrow an Indigiread.