National Reconciliation Week at UQ

20 May 2021

UQ will be holding a number of events and activations to commemorate National Reconciliation Week.

Explore our online and on-campus program.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Visit Reconciliation Australia's website for more information.

2021 marks 20 years of Reconciliaton Australia and almost three decades of Australia's formal reconcilation process. This year's theme More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. 

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another.

Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution. But there is still much to be done. Every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

From 27 May - 3 June we celebrate National Reconciliation Week across Australia and at the University of Queensland. We encourage you to educate yourself on the challenges Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples still face today; we push you to learn about Reconciliation and its significance in Australia today; and we invite you to attend events across UQ to continue your journey of exploring how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.