Celebrating reconciliation in Stonnington

Press Release | 17 May 2017

The Stonnington community is invited to celebrate National Reconciliation Week 2017, with a variety of community events at Prahran Market from 1 – 3 June.

National Reconciliation Week, held annually from 27 May to 3 June, celebrates achievements in our journey towards reconciliation.

The week is bookended by important milestones: the 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision. In the 1967 referendum, Australians voted to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census and allow the Commonwealth to create laws for them and the Mabo decision was a significant legal case in Australia that recognised the land rights of the Meriam people, traditional owners of the Murray Islands (which include the islands of Mer, Dauer and Waier) in the Torres Strait), respectively.

In 2017, these two milestones mark significant anniversaries: 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the Mabo decision. The theme for National Reconciliation Week this year is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’ which reminds us that big changes take persistence and courage.

Stonnington’s community celebrations include an art exhibition, a native Australian food cooking demonstration by Charcoal Lane, plus a fashion parade, traditional Indigenous dance, and story-telling for children.

Artwork: Tamika Gyesko