NRW Trail – National Institutions

This year’s National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is especially significant, as the nation celebrates two major anniversaries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories– 27 May marks 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 3 June marks 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.

For NRW 2017, Reconciliation Australia has partnered with cultural institutions across Canberra to deliver a week-long program of special events, including public activities, exhibitions, displays, lectures, tours, films and stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.



Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

This year’s NRW is especially significant as the nation celebrates two major milestones in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history– on 27 May, the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and 3 June, the 25th anniversary of the High Court of Australia's Mabo decision.

From 27 May – 3 June, the cultural institutions across Canberra will deliver a week-long program of special events. Visitors will be treated to public activities, exhibitions, displays, lectures, tours, films and stories on these two important milestones and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identities and cultures.

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Launch of Right Wrongs Digital Exhibition, Parliament House

AIATSIS, the National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) and the ABC will launch the Right Wrongs digital exhibition. This new digital exhibition shares stories about the lead up to the 1967 referendum and the events surrounding it, as well as what has happened in the 50 years since. It includes archive and contemporary stories, photos, videos and other content. Through these stories Right Wrongs helps us to understand how far we have come, and poses the question of where do we need to go in the next 50 years.

When: Monday 29th May
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Where: Australian Parliament House
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/rightwrongs/

Invitation only

 

The Inaugural Russell Taylor Oration

Before his retirement in 2016, the former AIATSIS CEO Russell Taylor was one of the longest serving and most senior Indigenous Public Servants. In recognition of Mr Taylor’s long career as a leader in the Australian Public Service (APS), AIATSIS established the Russell Taylor Oration. The Oration is an opportunity to showcase senior Indigenous public servants and their achievements and that it is possible to have a fulfilling career in the APS as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

When: Tuesday 30th May
Time: 6:00 – 7:45pm
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House 

Invitation only

 

National Native Title Conference

Co-convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the North Queensland Land Council (NQLC), this year’s program will celebrate 25 years since the High Court of Australia’s momentous Mabo decision. The conference grows each year and has seen record attendances set for the last three years running. The diverse program attracts an expanding number of Indigenous organisations, native title holders and claimants, lawyers, academics and representatives from government agencies.

When: 5-7 June
Where: Townsville, Queensland
Website: https://aiatsis.gov.au/news-and-events/events/national-native-title-conference-2017

 To register: https://aiatsis.eventsair.com/nntc17/register/Site/Register



Australian Parliament House

Australian Parliament House is the meeting place of the Parliament of Australia, located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. The building was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp Architects and opened on 9 May 1988 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia.

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Senate Occasional Lecture:
Indigenous Constitutional Recognition – 1967 Referendum and Today

Friday 26 May 2017, 12.15pm
APH Theatre

Former CEO of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Mr Russell Taylor AM, will be presenting a Senate Occasional Lecture on the consequences of the 1967 referendum for Aboriginal people, as well as the issues facing a future referendum on constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Can’t make the lecture? Watch it live at aph.gov.au/Senate/Lectures

 

Exhibition:
Prevailing Voices – Indigenous Parliamentarians

From 12 noon Monday 29 May–30 July 2017
Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area, Level 1

The exhibition, Prevailing Voices – Indigenous Parliamentarians, which will include the newly commissioned portrait of the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, the first Indigenous Member of the House of Representatives, will open.

 

Exhibition:
Sageraw Thonar – Stories from the Southeasterly Season

Monday 29 May–30 July 2017
Level 1

The exhibition, Sageraw Thonar – Stories from the Southeasterly Season, commences. This exhibition showcases large linocut prints from the Badu Art Centre in the Torres Strait. The display will be on the first floor of Parliament House on the exterior walls of the Great Hall.

 

Live Broadcast:
ABC Television’s Q&A program

Monday 29 May, 9.30pm
Great Hall

ABC Television’s Q&A program will broadcast live from Parliament House in the Great Hall to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the Mabo decision. Register to join the Q&A studio audience.

 

Parliamentary Library Lecture:
2017 Parliamentary Library National Reconciliation Week Lecture

Friday 2 June 2017, 12 noon
APH Theatre

This Parliamentary Library National Reconciliation Week Lecture, open to the public, will feature two presentations followed by a panel discussion where members of the audience will be encouraged to engage directly with the invited speakers. The speakers at this year’s lecture will be Elizabeth Ganter, author of Reluctant Representatives: Blackfella bureaucrats speak in Australia’s north; and Louise Taylor, Deputy CEO of Legal Aid ACT, Associate of the UNSW Indigenous Law Centre, and a member of the Indigenous Legal Issues Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

Bookings not required. Contact: Libraryenquiries@aph.gov.au



Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.

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Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made.

Charles Bean, 1948

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.

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Museum of Australian Democracy

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House helps Australians and other visitors to understand and celebrate the spirit of Australian democracy and the ‘power of your voice’ within it, by:

• offering transforming and engaging experiences that enlighten and empower visitors through activities that are fun and meaningful, and
• conserving the building and heritage collections for future generations and communicating the spirit of this place of outstanding national significance to our visitors.

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Yes! The ongoing story of the ‘67 Referendum

Open from 25 May onwards.

This exhibition combines collection items from AIATSIS, a timeline, text, graphics and a new short film featuring Indigenous actor Hunter Page-Lochard to tell the story of the 1967 Referendum. It uses comments recently sourced from prominent Australians, reflecting on what the referendum means to them today. Some of those who have commented are Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, Senator Patrick Dodson, Professor John Maynard, Fred Chaney and referendum activist Joyce Clague. The exhibition will also feature an episode of ABC’s Timeframe television show, which features Faith Bandler reflecting on the Referendum. The exhibition is a collaboration between AIATSIS, Reconciliation Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy, and is located within the Living Democracy gallery.

Find out more: http://moadoph.gov.au/1967



National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia can best be described as the memory of our nation – collecting and preserving Australian Government records that reflect our history and identity.

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1967 Referendum and Mabo Decision Anniversary Conversation: 25 and 50 years on

Saturday 3 June, 2–3.30pm
National Archives of Australia

Join MC Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National and our panel of guests for an informed conversation on the progress of Indigenous rights in light of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the 25th anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision.

02 6212 3600
events@naa.gov.au

 

Federation Gallery special openings for National Reconciliation Week

Saturday 27-Sunday 28 May 9am-5pm; Monday 29 May-Friday 2 June 12.30-1.30, Saturday 3 June 9am-5pm.

In a week marking two anniversaries in the fight for recognition of Australia’s Indigenous people, attend a special viewing of the Federation gallery and see the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) Act 1967 (Cth).

02 6212 3600
events@naa.gov.au

 

National Reconciliation Week lunchtime talks

Monday 29 May, Wednesday 31 May, Friday 2 June, 12.30–1.30pm
National Archives of Australia

Join us for lunchtime floor talks that shed light on how government policy affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ lives.

02 6212 3600
events@naa.gov.au

 

Indigenous Australians at War gallery tours

Until 30 June, Tuesdays 11am, Thursdays 1pm
National Archives of Australia

Take a guided tour of the award-winning exhibition that celebrates the courage, tenacity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Australians in the armed forces.

02 6212 3600
events@naa.gov.au



The National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia is the nation's primary collection of documentary resources relating to Australia and the Australian people. Our role is to ensure that significant material is collected, preserved and made accessible either through the Library itself or through collaborative arrangements with other libraries and information providers.

By offering a strong national focus in all that we do, and cooperating with others who share our goals, we support learning, creative and intellectual endeavour, and contribute to the continuing vitality of Australia’s diverse culture and heritage.

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Spanning the period between National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week, the National Library of Australia will host a series of onsite and digital events recognising important anniversaries and highlighting significant collection items currently on display in our Treasures Gallery.

The Library is home to the Mabo Case Manuscripts that include the papers of Edward Koiki Mabo (1936–1992), the leading plaintiff in the High Court of Australia’s decision in Mabo v Queensland (No. 2). In 2001, this collection was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. In addition to Mabo’s epic battle for land rights, the Treasures Gallery also showcases a group of items relating to the 1967 Referendum and civil rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Find out more: www.nla.gov.au/events



National Film and Sound Archive

The National Film and Sound Archive is Australia's 'living' archive – the custodian of over 2.3 million items that we not only collect, but preserve for future generations and share in many diverse ways.

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In Conversation: Christine Anu

When: Friday 02 June, 7.15PM

Where: NFSA, Acton

Tickets $35 / available online now (trybooking.com/pnch)

Enjoy a night of music, memories and conversation with Christine Anu. In this National Reconciliation Week event Christine will discuss her career, life and work as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the community, as well as the importance of Indigenous languages in cultural identity. Plus, don’t miss a selection of special acoustic performances – including songs from the Torres Strait Islands, and her hits My Island Home and Sunshine on a Rainy Day! Photo credit: Karen Watson Photography.

Find out more: nfsa.gov.au

Photo Credit: Karen Watson Photography

Indigenous Milestones Revisited
When: Monday-Friday, 9.15AM-5PM
Where: NFSA, Acton
FREE

Throughout National Reconciliation Week the NFSA is screening a program of documentaries, television and newsreel coverage from before and after these significant milestones in Indigenous history: the 1967 referendum, and the High Court of Australia’s groundbreaking Mabo decision in 1992.

Photo credit: Mabo – Life of an Island Man 1997, Film Australia Collection. © NFSA.

Website link: nfsa.gov.au



National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia explores the land, nation and people of Australia.

The NMA focuses on Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement and our interaction with the environment, and brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and programs.

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Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

Friday 19 May – 23 July 2017
Free
National Museum of Australia

Developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday Island, in partnership with the National Museum, this exhibition explores the longstanding importance of ceremonial masks in Torres Strait culture, and how they continue to influence contemporary art forms.

nma.gov.au/anniversaries

Photo: Sor Kobir 1: Andrew Passi, Mer (Murray Island), Meriam Mer language group, Gab Titui Cultural Centre

 

A Change Is Gonna Come

24 May 2017 – 30 January 2018
Free
National Museum of Australia

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, this exhibition invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time and through events that led to and followed these significant moments.

nma.gov.au/anniversaries

Photo: Indigenous rights activist Ray Peckham presenting the case for the referendum at a rally in Sydney, 18 May 1967. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Tribune/Search Foundation


Defining Moments: 67 Referendum Day – RN Panel

Wednesday 24 May
6–7.30pm
Costs apply
National Museum of Australia

Join ABC RN Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay and a panel of acclaimed guests to discuss the 1967 Referendum decision and reflect on its legacy and the path ahead.

nma.gov.au/anniversaries

 

National Reconciliation Week family activities

Saturday 27 May to Friday 2 June
10am–12pm
Free
National Museum of Australia

Celebrate National Reconciliation Week and learn more about Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through drawing activities and hands-on exploration of objects.

nma.gov.au/anniversaries

 

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks – Performance and opening

Friday 19 May
11–11.30am
Free
National Museum of Australia

Come and experience the remarkable Zugubal traditional Torres Strait Island dance group as they perform in full mask and tribal costume to mark the exhibition opening of Evolution: Torres Strait Masks.  This exhibition, prepared by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, in partnership with the National Museum of Australia, celebrates the significance and continuing tradition of masks and mask making in the Torres Strait.

nma.gov.au/anniversaries



National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in Australia is a collection of portraits of prominent Australians that are important in their field of endeavour or whose life sets them apart as an individual of long-term public interest.

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