“At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians”, Reconciliation Australia.
National Reconciliation Week takes place from 27 May to 3 June every year, commemorating two significant dates in Australia’s history and in the reconciliation journey, being the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
Since its conception, National Reconciliation Week marks a period in Australia’s calendar that is significant in reminding all Australians of our continued journey towards reconciliation, the steps we have taken and what needs to be done to create change well into the future.
As part of National Reconciliation Week, Professor Simon Bronitt, Dean and Head of Sydney Law School, pays respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land in this Acknowledgement of Country video.
In his statement, Professor Simon Bronitt says, “As a mark of respect to local Aboriginal communities and First Nations people of Australia, and the world, I acknowledge the Indigenous systems of law and justice that have continuously operated in this land. I also wish to acknowledge the law-giving roles of Elders, past, present and emerging.”