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Reconciliation Week 2024: Now more than ever

Acknowledging Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

Colourful Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

Events happening in Melbourne

What is Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week  - 27 May to 3 June 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. 


National Reconciliation Week recognises two significant dates in Australia’s history:  

  • 27 May 1967: Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.    
  • 3 June 1992: The Mabo decision was made in the High Court of Australia, recognising Native Titles and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people having rights to the land. The decision further recognised that, in some cases, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Native Title had survived British colonisation.  


The theme for this year's National Reconciliation Week’s is Now More Than Ever. It is a reminder to all of us that we need to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation and that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must continue.  

This year in the library we are highlighting books, films and other items in the collection that we can use to educate ourselves so we can tackle the work of treaty making, truth telling, understanding our history, in education and in tackling racism. 


Now More Than Ever

National Sorry Day 26th May

National Sorry Day is held on May 26 and marks the day that the landmark ‘Bringing them Home’ report was tabled in federal parliament in 1997. It is a time to remember the past policies of forced child removal and reflect on the sad and painful stories of the Stolen Generations. It is a time to recognise the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the power of saying Sorry.


View the 'Bringing them home report'

Events around RMIT

Check out some events that are happening around campus. Follow the links below for more information.

NRW 2024: Mabo - A STEM College Film Screening and Yarning Session | Humanitix

Mabo, which depicts the life of Eddie Mabo and his journey to campaign for land rights for his community (Mer) and how this led to a momentous time in Australian history - recognising native title rights for all Indigenous people in Australia and overturning legislation around terra nullius.

Wednesday 29 11.30am Kaleide Theatre 360 Swanston St, Melbourne


Embedding Responsible Practice

This panel discussion will delve into Responsible Practice and how it looks across all our activities and relationships, with opening remarks from Professor Gary Thomas.
Tuesday 28 May 11am-12pm Online & In-person

Design Agency 2: Unfinished Business

Presented by the RMIT University Communication Design program, in partnership with Solid Lines and AGDA at Melbourne Design Week, this event builds on the momentum of the inaugural panel held at the time of the Referendum, calling upon emerging and existing designers to engage with responsible practice, now more than ever.  

Mon, 27 May 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
The Capitol Theatre, 113 Swanston Street, Birrarung-ga (Melbourne)   
Tickets: available on Eventbrite     This event is free for First Nations peoples, RMIT students and staff


RMIT Indigenous Culture Tours

Join proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as they share stories of culturally significant places and spaces at the RMIT City campus. 

Tours are open to current students and staff. Thursday 30th May

  • 11am - 11:45am
  • 12pm - 12:45pm
  • 1pm - 1:45pm

Related Library Subject Guides

These Library subject guides are worth exploring for discovering resources and information around Indigenous Knowledge and First Nations peoples.