Artius Commemorates Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27th May and 3rd June. Reconciliation week commemorates two significant milestones in the journey toward a reconciled country.
May 27th is the anniversary of the 1967 referendum which saw 90percent of Australian voters give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.
June 3rd marks the date in 1992 when the High Court of Australia legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship with the land. This decision is known as the Mabo decision and paved the way for Native Title.
Barry Fewquandie Artius’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Manager says “National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.”
Artius recognise Reconciliation Week as a very important event in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander calendar and will be incorporating commemoration activities into the Artius Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
“It’s our contribution toward building a reconciled Australia” says Mr Fewquandie.
Ipswich held its Reconciliation Week event on Wednesday 27th May
Allison Mckey (centre) Artius Employer Engagement Specialist, joins with Andrew Walker (former dual international – Rugby League/Union) and Derek Kinchela (Ipswich City Council) at the Artius stall.