May 26, 2017
The Week will start with a formal luncheon at Crown Resort (Elevate RAP partner), in Melbourne. Guests include members of the original ’67 campaign, Murray Island land rights activists and their families, including Gail Mabo, daughter of Eddie Koiki Mabo. The event precedes key NRW celebrations, the Long Walk and the AFL Indigenous Round.
One of the AFL’s leading players, Sir Doug Nicholls, will also be celebrated at the Crown for his contribution to sport, the Aboriginal advancement movement and reconciliation.
AFL General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy Tanya Hosch emphasised the importance of Sir Doug Nicholls’ legacy in a year when the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum takes place. “Sir Doug was a pioneer of reconciliation in Australia throughout his lifetime, and he found that sport, in particular Australian Football, was a powerful vehicle for this message,” Ms Hosch said. “The referendum was a significant moment of change in our country’s Indigenous affairs and one that will be celebrated during Saturday’s Dreamtime at the G match with Richmond and Essendon.”
“At its heart, National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement and the respectful relationships we share with other Australians,” CEO of Reconciliation Australia, Justin Mohamed said.
“In celebrating the milestone events which bookend NRW, we encourage all Australians to take part in activities during the week, and to reflect on where they are on their own reconciliation journey.”
In Melbourne, people are encouraged to take part in The Long Walk led by AFL legend Michael Long which will take place from 1.00pm tomorrow at the Federation Square. The date marks an annual tradition since 2004, when Michael embarked on an historic trek from his home in Melbourne all the way to Parliament House in Canberra to show his support for reconciliation.
The Long Walk concludes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where a crowd of up to 90,000 is expected to attend Saturday night’s Dreamtime at the ‘G match between Richmond and Essendon. The Dreamtime match celebrates the contribution of Indigenous Australians to football, and has grown to become one of the game’s most popular events.
“Our theme Let’s Take the Next Steps is an invitation to all Australians to support the movement toward becoming a truly reconciled Australia,” Mr Mohamed said.
To learn more about National Reconciliation Week 2017, and to find related events happening in your local community, visit www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw
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NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK LAUNCH EVENT 11:30AM, Saturday 27 May 2017 Crown Conference Hall, Level 2, Crown Promenade Hotel, Southbank Media registrations are mandatory. To attend please email email@example.com, by 8:00pm Friday 26 May. Registrations are strictly limited.
THE LONG WALK 1:00PM, Saturday 27 May 2017 Federation Square, Melbourne http://www.thelongwalk.com.au/News-Events/Latest-News/The-Long-Walk-2017
DREAMTIME AT THE G 7:25pm, Saturday 27 May 2017 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne http://www.essendonfc.com.au/news/2016-10-27/2017-fixture-breakdown