This year, 27 May to 3 June marks National Reconciliation Week. National Reconciliation Week marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum—in which more than 90% of Australians (or should we say, people who were considered Australian according to the law at that time) were in favour of giving the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census—and also commemorates the High Court Mabo decision which was made on 3 June 1992.
It’s a week for Australians, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to learn about the history and culture of Australia and to think about ways that we as individuals can contribute to reconciliation. Get involved and learn something new about the First Nations people with these events happening in Perth this week.
My Name is Gulpilil Movie Screening
Releasing nationally on Thursday 27 May, My Name Is Gulpilil is an inspiring documentary exploring the extraordinary life and career of legendary Yolngu actor, David Gulpilil. In this moving film, Gulpilil, now nearing the end of his life, generously shares his own story and helps connect viewers with Australia’s true history. Head to Luna Cinemas for screening times.
Nyin, Ni, Koorliny (Sit, Listen And Walk)
Sunday 30 May
Kicking off at 9.30am at Point Walter Jetty in Bicton, the community Nyin, Ni, Koorliny (sit, listen and walk) provides ample opportunities to learn, connect and reflect on what actions you can take as part of reconiliation week. It begins with a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and stories from Aboriginal guest speakers. You are then invited to take a reflective walk along Jennalup (Blackwall Reach) while listening to Noongar stories through the Geotourist app. Find out more here.
Madjitil Moorna Choir
Monday 31 May
Immerse yourself in the contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songs of the Madjitil Moorna choir at this interactive evening of music at All Saints’ College on Monday 31 May. Led by award-winning First Nations songwriters and performers, the group helps build community understanding while also keeping the Noongar language alive through song. Their performances are also absolutely breathtaking, so do yourself a favour and pick up tickets here.
Wadjak Reconciliation Day 2021
Wednesday 2 June
The Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Group invites you to celebrate reconciliation in Mooro Country at Bina Parkland in Balga from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday 2 June. Drop by to expand your understanding of Aboriginal culture through interactive activities like tool making, basket weaving, painting and crafts, as well as a smoking ceremony, didgeridoo playing and live dance performances to see too. Plus, let's not forget, free sausages, damper and kangaroo stew for all.
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness And Understanding Workshop
Thursday 3 June
To truly step your understanding of Aboriginal culture up a level, head along to this four-hour intensive cultural awareness workshop. Facilitated by Mr Danny Ford, a Noongar man and senior traditional custodian of Wadjuk Country, this valuable educational session will explore Aboriginal People's histories, values, belief systems, experiences and lifestyles, as well as the ongoing impacts of colonisation on our First Nations' Peoples and mainstream Australia. It's a seriously eye-opening course, perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the world's oldest living culture. Tickets are available here.
Thursday 3 June
Head to Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Fremantle from 12pm on Thursday 3 June for yarns on the Nyoongar creation dreaming stories around an open fire pit while also learning about the ancient healing properties of bush medicine passed down through generations.
Walk For Reconciliation
Thursday 3 June
Commencing at WA Museum Boola Bardip at midday, progressing through the Perth Cultural Centre and finishing at Yagan Square, the annual Walk For Reconciliation is an important show of public unity—walking together for truth, change, equity and equality. Everyone is welcome to take part and encouraged to bring friends, family, and colleagues along.
You can read up on what Reconciliation Week is all about here.
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