Local councils have numerous activities planned around Australia, such as lectures, expos and cultural performances to mark National Reconciliation Week, which runs 27 May to 3 June.
The dates commemorate the 1967 Referendum and the High Court’s 1992 Mabo decision, while the week is a chance to learn about shared histories and how Australians can work together to achieve reconciliation.
This year’s takes the theme Grounded In Truth: Walk Together With Courage, which emphasises that positive race relations can only occur if they are based on telling the truth about Australia’s colonial history.
The week includes National Sorry Day (26 May), while the ACT is the first jurisdiction to declare a public holiday, Reconciliation Day, Monday 27 May.
One of ALGA’s policy positions is that redressing the social and economic disadvantage of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is urgent.
Part of this involves a partnership between Indigenous peoples and local government which promotes Indigenous Australians’ rights.
This also includes direct participation of Indigenous Australians and their organisations in local and regional economic and development.