Featured Events | National Reconciliation Week 2017


National: National Sorry Day

26 May - various times and locations

National Sorry Day celebrates the 19th Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report to acknowledge and raise awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Aboriginal people from their families, communities and culture. Coordinated by the Journey of Healing SA Inc and ANTaR SA Inc. A range of public stalls will be in place to support community engagement by various services and programs.

Browse Sorry Day NRW events and activities here.


Reconciliation Australia have partnered with the National Institutions of Canberra to bring you the NRW Trail, showcasing a range of events throughout the ACT.

For more information, visit the NRW Trail page, or search events via the NRW events calendar


Canberra: Sorry Day Bridge Walk

See the flyer

26 May, 10:30am - Gather at Regatta Point. 10.30am walk; starts 10.45am at base of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge

Join local Canberrans on a Walk across the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge to mark Sorry Day and the beginning of National Reconciliation Week.

For more information, visit Winnunga or contact Ian Bateman on 6284 6222 or email: ian.bateman@winnunga.org.au


28 May 2017 – 12pm to 5pm, National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George St, Redfern

1967 50 – Marking 50 Years Since the 1967 Referendum A free community event featuring stories, music, film, images, food from 1967.  Showcasing the campaign, the vote and the impact.

For more information visit the NCIE 

For other NRW events in NSW, visit Reconciliation NSW or search via the NRW events calendar

Northern Territory

June 1, 2017, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, 51 Kitchener Drive, Darwin

The Australia Day Council of the Northern Territory will host a special event on the meaning of national identity on Thursday,1 June in Darwin. The event will feature a distinguished panel of speakers, all award recipients for this year’s Australian of the Year awards. This event, Oz ID, will encapsulate Australian identity questions that affect all citizens and address many areas of influence including science, politics, Aboriginality, health/education, culture and humanitarian ideals. 

For more information, click here.

To search other events in the Northern Territory, visit the NRW events page.


Defying Boundaries Reconciliation Walk May 27, 8:15 am – 10:00 am St James College

Our annual Defying Boundaries street walk is on again! On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, you are invited to join us on a walk from Boundary Street, Spring Hill to Boundary Street, West End.

These streets formed the boundaries of exclusion from the settlement of Brisbane that were enforced on Indigenous peoples at twilight during the 19th century.

For more information, click here. 

To search other events in Queensland, visit the NRW events page.

South Australia

19 May from 6:45pm, Adelaide Convention Centre

Still Yes – NRW 2017 breakfast

50 years on from the 1967 referendum, ft. Jackie Huggins. Tickets on sale now. For more information, visit Reconciliation SA

For other events occurring in South Australia, search the South Australian Government's website, or via the NRW events calendar


Search events in Tasmania via our upcoming events page


For a range of NRW events in Victoria, visit Reconciliation Victoria, or search via the NRW events calendar.

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Melbourne: The Long Walk

27 May,  1:00pm – 5:00pm

In 2004, AFL legend Michael Long embarked on an historic trek from his home in the suburbs of Melbourne all the way to Parliament House in Canberra. Along the way, and every year since, Michael is joined by thousands of Australians in a show of immense support for reconciliation.

Join Michael Long for "We Walk Together 2017" on Saturday 27th May at Federation Square in Melbourne. Get there early, as we will be holding a Welcome to Country, followed by a Flag Raising Ceremony from 1pm.

You'll then be entertained by some of Australia's best Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander talent including our MC Joe Williams, Casey Donovan, Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, Soul Singers and Jayden Reid, along with plenty of sporting and cultural activations. Some of Melbourne's delicious food trucks will also be there. Of course this builds up to the Walk to the MCG lead by Michael Long, where Essendon will take on Richmond in the traditional Dreamtime at the 'G game - now an iconic fixture on the AFL calendar. #‎WeWalkTogether for a just and equal Australia.

Register here.

For more information, visit The Long Walk website or Facebook page.

Western Australia

Terrace Walk for reconciliation – 2 June from 2:00pm, Stirling Gardens

For more information, visit Reconciliation WA

For other events occurring in Western Australia, search via the NRW events calendar