Help us celebrate National Reconciliation Week online!
The 2020 theme – In this together – is resonating in ways no one could have foreseen when it was announced by Reconciliation Australia last year, but it reminds us that whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all in this together.
Due to social distancing restrictions, National Reconciliation Week in the Tamworth region isn’t able to look the same as previous years but by taking it online, we invite you to join us in the conversation through three stages – LISTEN. REFLECT. YARN.
What is National Reconciliation Week?
National Reconciliation Week 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 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.
To learn more about National Reconciliation Week, visit Reconciliation Australia’s website.
Read and listen to stories from around the Tamworth region on the Virtual Long Walk via a Story Map.
Wednesday 27 May
7:30am - 8:45am
The keynote address will be given by Patricia Turner AM, CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). Patricia is the daughter of an Arrernte man and a Gurdanji woman, and was raised in Alice Springs. As CEO of NACCHO, she is at the forefront of community efforts to Close the Gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has over 40 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in government, business and academia including being the only Aboriginal person, only woman and longest serving CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Commission (ATSIC). Amongst her many appointments, she also spent 18 months as Monash Chair of Australian Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and was inaugural CEO of NITV. Pat is the Coalition of Peaks Convenor and Co-Chair of the Joint Council on Closing the Gap.
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Webinar with Professor Megan Davis, Dean Parkin, Donnella Mills and Fiona McLeod AO SC.
In May 2017, the Uluru Statement from the Heart arose from a constitutional convention of 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates achieving a consensus on Indigenous recognition. This conversation explores the concept of reconciliation and the empowerment of First Nations peoples.
Thursday 28 May
10:30am - 11:30am
Webinar featuring authors Bruce Pascoe and John Waight in conversation with Murray Prior.
Facebook Live discussion with Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP, Hon. Linda Burney MP, Reconciliation Australia's CEO Karen Mundine and University of Wollongong Lecturer, Summer May Finlay to reflect on the bridge walks of 2000 and the role of reconciliation since that historic moment.
Zoom conversations remembering 20 years since the Bridge Walks for Reconciliation and reflecting on where we are now. Register by emailing email@example.com.
Friday 29 May
9pm - 10pm
See Busby Marou, Alice Skye and Jimblah in concert, hosted by Christine Anu on National Evening, ABC Radio and through Facebook Live.
Monday 1 June
Join Thomas Mayor, who was part of the 2017 Uluru Convention to learn more about the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 29th May.
8:30am - 4pm
This exhibition draws its inspiration from Kamilaroi country, from the traditional songs and stories surrounding three significant Aboriginal cultural sites in the New England North West - Kwiambal National Park, Warrabah National Park and Mehi River. It features works by emerging Aboriginal artists, accompanied by short documentary videos.
Visit it at Ray Walsh House, 437 Peel Street, Tamworth until 29 June, 2020.
Tuesday 2 June
11:30am - 2pm
Join Reconciliation NSW's Twitter Festival with Linda Burney MP, Professor Lindon Coombes, Cecilia Anthony and Trent Wallace.
Join an online screening of Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley, followed by a special Q&A with its director, writer and producer Nicholas Wrathall.
Other Reconciliation Events
For more National Reconciliation Week events to get involved in, view the NRW Online Calendar.