National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
National Sorry Day
National Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations. Most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been affected either directly or indirectly by this terrible part of our history since European colonisation.
On 26 May 1997, Federal Parliament tabled the Bringing Them Home Report and recommended that a National Sorry Day would be celebrated each year, and it has been since 1998.
This report is a tribute to the strength and struggles of many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by forcible removal from their families and their homes. It acknowledge the hardships our First Nation People endured and the sacrifices they made, and it remember and lament all the children who will never come home.
The report was dedicated with thanks and admiration to those who found the strength to tell their stories to the Inquiry and to the generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people separated from their families and communities. And more importantly, the report made sure that we all continue to do so not only on this day, but every day.
National Sorry Day is also known as the National Day of Healing.
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