National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC: what’s the difference?


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National Reconciliation Week starts this week and public servants across the country are “enthusiastic participants” making an important contribution, says Reconciliation Australia CEO Justin Mohamed. But for many Australians it’s still unclear whether they should take part in NRW, NAIDOC, or both.

This week through to June 3 is a time of coming together, regardless of your background, says Reconciliation Australia CEO Justin Mohamed. Departments and agencies across the country are taking part in various ways, such as raising the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, running art workshops or holding Acknowledgement of Country breakfasts.

The theme for this year’s NRW is “It’s time to change it up”, where Reconciliation Australia hopes to renew engagement and for Australians to move from being interested observers to active participants in reconciliation.

NRW’s dates are fixed each year — May 27 to June 3 — chosen to recognise two important anniversaries: the 1967 referendum to alter the Australian Constitution allowing recognition of ATSI peoples in the census and federal laws, and the 1992 Mabo decision of the High Court of Australia.

Mohamed told The Mandarin the activities held over this period will differ from NAIDOC Week, as they have important but distinct intents:

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