2013 Reconciliation Week 27 MAY – 3 JUNE 2013
A list of Reconciliation week events
Watch as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are raised on the Quadrangle Clocktower flagpole to show the University of Sydney's support for Reconciliation in Australia.
Show your support for Reconciliation in Australia by placing a hand in Australia's largest public artwork 'The Sea of Hands'.
Co-presented with the NSW Reconciliation Council and Seymour Centre as part of Reconciliation Week 2013
I’m Not Racist, But… is an interactive forum that aims to generate an open discussion around racism in Australia, through the personal reflections and perspectives of four diverse and creative Australians.
Presented in partnership by the NSW Reconciliation Council and Reconciliation Australia to mark National Reconciliation Week 2013
The Australian Constitution has not been amended for more than 35 years. In fact, with only 8 of 44 total referendums successful, changing our Constitution is a notoriously difficult task.
With a referendum proposed for the near future and the daunting task of achieving a ‘yes’ vote, what is the likelihood of constitutional change? Will Australians be ready to erase the racial discrimination in our founding document and include significant recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians?
And what does it say about us as a nation if we don’t?
Register here for the Flag-raising Ceremony and museum tours.
All Reconciliation Week events are open to the public, we encourage you to invite your family and friends to enjoy a day at the University of Sydney and show your support for reconciliation in Australia.
27th May - 3rd June 2013
Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney
For all the above events, contact the
Alumni and Events Office
T +61 2 9036 9278
About Reconciliation Week
Each year Reconciliation Week is held between 27 May and 3 June to commemorate two very important dates in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian relations:
27 May is the Anniversary of the 1967 referendum when 90% of Australians voted to remove clauses, which discriminated against Indigenous Australians, from the Australian Constitution. This also gave the Federal Government power to make laws on behalf of Indigenous Australians.
3 June is the Anniversary of the High Court’s handing down of the judgement made on the Mabo case, in which Eddie Mabo argued that Murray Islanders’ rights to their land were not extinguished by the annexation of the islands by the State of Queensland. The Court agreed and ‘terra nulius’ – the idea that Australia had been empty of people when settled by the British – was abandoned.