National Reconciliation Week 2024

Now more than Ever NRW

Now More Than Ever

In 2024, National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is particularly significant, underlined by the theme "Now More Than Ever." This theme serves as a poignant reminder that despite the hurdles we face, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must persist.

NRW commences on 27th May, a date commemorating the historic 1967 referendum where Australians overwhelmingly voted YES to recognize Indigenous peoples as part of the nation, effectively acknowledging their rightful place within the Australian population. The week concludes on 3rd June, marking the 1992 Mabo decision by the High Court, a pivotal ruling that acknowledged native title in Australia, rejecting the notion of terra nullius that had previously denied Indigenous land rights.

Embracing reconciliation is a shared responsibility that benefits all Australians. It necessitates embedding reconciliation in our daily lives, fostering respectful relationships between the broader community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Despite the challenges encountered on the reconciliation journey, it's crucial to persevere, as reflected in the 2024 theme. While discomfort or division may arise, disengagement is not an option.

Each of us has a role to play in reconciliation, requiring proactive engagement, continuous learning, and meaningful action to dismantle barriers and promote mutual respect and understanding. Take a moment to reflect on what reconciliation means to you personally and consider how you can translate this into action.

As a college and community, we are committed to deepening our understanding and engaging in meaningful education to address historical injustices impacting Indigenous communities. We aim to amplify the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, challenge systemic racism, and actively participate in truth-telling processes.

During National Reconciliation Week 2024, let us stand united in solidarity, dedicated to reconciliation, justice, and enduring change. Together, we can envisage and build a future where all Australians, regardless of background, can thrive.

Check out the special video below for National Reconciliation Week featuring our Aboriginal educators at OAC as they share their perspectives on reconciliation.

Last updated: 04 June 2024