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National Reconciliation Week 2016 at Macquarie

Celebrated every year, National Reconciliation Week recognises the dates that commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. Everyone is invited to two special events during this year’s National Reconciliation Week: 27 May – 3 June 2016 at Macquarie University.


Register here (free)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: The Atrium – Level 1 of The Hub, Macquarie University

Speakers include:
Dr Iain Stewart (Honorary Fellow Macquarie University Law School)
Michael Anderson (Aboriginal Activist)
Mark Yettica-Paulson (Recognise)
Shantell Bailey (5th year Law student)
Matthew Su (5th year Law student)

Macquarie University’s Indigenous Student Body in conjunction with Walanga Muru and Macquarie Law School, present a forum addressing some of the issues of constitutional reform. The event is being held on the 49th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. There will be a panel type forum followed by a Q&A session.

Free Concert

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Central Courtyard, Macquarie University

MC Elizabeth Wymarra will host the event with performances by: Karen Smith; Mt Druitt Children’s Indigenous Choir; Black Turtles; Microwave Jenny; Shanell Dargan; Krista Pav and Renegades of Munk.

This concert is part of the Guringai Festival 2016.  More information about the program can be found on the festival website.

Macquarie’s Reconciliation Journey

Blossom - image courtesy Walanga Muru

As we move closer to the launch of Macquarie University’s own Indigenous Strategy 2016 – 2024 and its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), staff and students are encouraged to actively participate in related events that will be hosted across campus this year. As part of our university’s reconciliation journey, ‘there are truths to tell, stories to celebrate, and relationships to grow’.

This compelling video clip was launched by Reconciliation Australia this year to commemorate a quarter of a century since the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, 15 years since of Reconciliation Australia, and 10 years of the successful Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program. The clip can easily be shared via social media to help promote the value and importance of reconciliation.