Reconciliation Activities and Events

Several key events in Australia focus on Aboriginal reconciliation and promoting unity, understanding, and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

These events not only provide an opportunity to learn about and appreciate the rich history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but also encourage ongoing dialogue and efforts toward reconciliation and a shared future for all Australians. Some of the most significant events include:

National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June)

Reconciliation Week aims to promote understanding and strengthen relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. 

The week is marked by two key dates: 27 May, the anniversary of the 1967 referendum that allowed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be counted in the Australian census, and 3 June, which commemorates the High Court's Mabo decision in 1992 recognising native title.

The City of Cockburn is committed to participating in and promoting events and activities throughout the week to encourage respect, unity, and a shared future.

To find out more visit the Reconciliation Week Events page.

NAIDOC Week (2 – 9 July 2023)

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is an opportunity for all Australians to engage in various activities that deepen their understanding of Indigenous Australia.

The City of Cockburn is proud to support and promote events and initiatives that celebrate and promote the rich culture and history of the First Nations people during NAIDOC Week.

To find out more visit the City’s Calendar of Events and Workshops.

Sorry Day (26 May)

National Sorry Day is an annual event that acknowledges and remembers the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those affected by the Stolen Generations. The day serves as a reminder of the ongoing need for healing, reconciliation, and justice.

The City acknowledges Sorry Day and supports or delivers an event on this day.

Other events and activities

Visit Reconciliation Western Australia to discover an array of events they host throughout the year, promoting understanding and unity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

More information and contact

For more information on reconciliation activities and events, please contact (08) 9411 3444 or email [email protected]

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