National Reconciliation Week
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; the 27 May to 3 June.
These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.Learn more
What is the Digital Kit and NRW Guide, and how do I access them?
- The Digital Kit and the NRW 2023 Guide are your best resources for National Reconciliation Week planning. Check out the guide for a rundown of all the events taking place this year, with some helpful suggestions for getting involved – no matter where you live or work. Our Digital Kit includes a whole stack of resources to refer to, from educational resources and cultural engagement guides, to printable and social media templates.
I live regionally and would like to get my community involved in NRW, where do I start?
- Reconciliation WA commit to creating an accessible NRW program for everyone around the State, no matter where you live and work. The majority of our events this year include digital access opportunities and, most importantly, we invite everyone in the State to tune into the NRW Virtual Breakfast.
The free NRW 2023 Guide and the Digital Kit supports every Western Australian individual, organisation, school and community group to plan how they will get involved this year in a way that tailors the experience to their community and circumstances.
How can my school/class get involved this year?
- The NRW Virtual Breakfast will include a special segment towards the beginning for school kids across WA. Join the stream early, and then take your class through some mat time story session for the little kids, or a reconciliation history lesson for the bigger kids.
Or alternatively, if you live in Boorloo/Perth you can also book in your class for one of the scheduled timeslots on our Walk for Reconciliation. Our Digital Kit also has number of resources for teachers, covering Early Learning, Primary School and Secondary School years.
I can’t make any events in person, will all events be streamed or recorded?
- The Reconciliation Memoirs with Dr Richard Walley OAM, the Reconciliation Yarns and the NRW Virtual Breakfast are all available for online registrations.
How do I register for the events, and do all of them require registrations?
- Registrations for all eventsare open now. Please register for all activities, including the NRW Virtual Breakfast: https://www.recwa.org.au/events/nrw-2023/
I would like to volunteer during NRW, how can I get involved?
- We welcome expression of interest from organisations to volunteer for our NRW 2023 program, particularly for the Walk for Reconciliation.
Please contact our People and Operations Manager Steve Martin with your approximate number of volunteers and preferred event.
If I am no longer able to attend an event I have registered for, how can I cancel my registration to allow someone else to attend?
- Please contact the Reconciliation WA team at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I update the people attending on my NRW Event Booking?
- For the Uluru Youth Yarns, Reconciliation Yarns and Walk for Reconciliation registrations:
Please Click the “Edit Order” button on your confirmation email from Humanitix.For NRW Virtual Breakfast, Reconciliation Memoirs with Dr Richard Walley OAM (Online and In-Person):
Please email email@example.com advising of your order change.
Is there a cutoff date for NRW event registrations?
- There is no cut off date, however some events do have a limited capacity. So to ensure you don’t miss out on your preferred event or time slot, we’d recommend registering as soon as possible.
The event I want to attend is sold out?
- Unfortunately, due to venue limits we are not able to release additional tickets for any of our events. Please join the waitlist, and you will be notified if tickets become available. Many of our events include online access, which we encourage you to consider.
When is Sorry Day, and what is happening?
- Sorry Day occurs each year on the 26 of May, and while it is not an official part of Reconciliation Week, we encourage all our supporters to learn more about Sorry Day and find out how they can get involved.WA Aboriginal Stolen Generations and Yokai will be hosting a free commemoration event at Wellington Square in East Perth on 26 May 2023. This will also be broadcasted online. Find out more.
NRW Virtual Breakfast
Reconciliation WA are inviting ONE MILLION Western Australians to our National Reconciliation Week Virtual Breakfast.
Join us for a morning of inspiration and reflection as we broadcast our NRW Virtual Breakfast to events across the State live from WA Museum Boola Bardip featuring Keynote presentations, a regional feature, and a feature for the next generation of reconciliation champions, and lots more!
Date: Thursday 25 May
Time: 8am – 10am
NRW Virtual Breakfast
Where will the NRW Breakfast be held this year and how can I attend?
- The NRW Breakfast will be virtual once again for 2023 with the official program being broadcasted live from WA Museum Boola Bardip. Everyone can join in from within your own communities. Whether from the office, working from home, at school, each individual and organisation is able to tailor an inclusive event whilst participating in the official NRW Breakfast program.
What will the NRW Virtual Breakfast feature?
- We’re thrilled to present our program for the 2023 NRW Virtual Breakfast, featuring:Keynote presentation from Noongar, Yamatji and Wongi man Ken Wyatt AM;
Keynote presentation from reconciliation ally Craig Foster AM;
Address from Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Hon. Tony Buti MLA;
A region recovering as we head to the Fitzroy Valley;
Looking to the next generation in a special feature on Stratton Goodstart Early Learning, and Community Arts Network WA Your Way project; And lots more! Explore the Program.Broadcasted live from Boola Bardip WA Museum, The NRW Virtual Breakfast is an opportunity for everyone whether you’re an individual, family, organisation, community group or school to get inspired about how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be part of the National Reconciliation Week celebrations taking place all across the State. Everyone is invited!
How can I help Reconciliation WA reach 1,000,000 attendees to the NRW Breakfast?
- Create an event for the NRW Breakfast that suits your community, organisation, school, family – think how you can include your broader stakeholders including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Your event could be anything – from a BBQ with your friends at the local park, to a community event hosted at your local community hall. Make sure to register your event!
How do I register my NRW Breakfast with RWA?
- Register your NRW Breakfast here. You will need to create a registration for each event you will need a streaming link for – this is limited per device. A registration will be needed for each computer or device streaming the breakfast. In the registration process you will be asked to provide your estimated number of attendees (this can be an approximate number).
Will a delayed screening and event on another day count towards the 1,000,000 attendees?
- Absolutely. We encourage you to register your event through the Virtual Breakfast event registrations, and provide your expected number of attendees, even if you will be tuning in on an alternative day.
How do I watch the recording of the Breakfast on an alternative day?
- The Breakfast Recording will be available on our Youtube page following the breakfast, from Saturday 27 May.
Do I have to be an official Reconciliation WA member to host an NRW Breakfast?
- Not at all. National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Therefore we invite all Australians to take action and join us by hosting an NRW Breakfast.
Can I attend the breakfast event at Boola Bardip?
- The streaming of the event is not open to the general public. We invite you to create your own event to join into the Virtual breakfast.
Will I get a chance to see other’s NRW Breakfasts as well as share ours with the others during the event?
- The reconciliation community across WA will have opportunity to share their event live with us through photos in the chat function and we encourage people to hashtag their selfies and photos with #NRW2023 and #ReconciliationWA.
Uluru Youth Yarns
A new addition to the program, this year RWA is launching an event for the next generation of leaders – Uluru Youth Yarns!
Are you a young professional or student with a passion for advocacy, politics, and social justice? Want to learn about The Voice to Parliament and be part of the reconciliation movement? This is an opportunity to ask the hard questions, have honest conversations, and find out what you can do to make a difference.
Date: Saturday 27 May
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Location: Reconciliation WA, The Constitutional Building of WA, 40 Havelock Street, West Perth, Whadjuk Noongar Boodja
Uluru Youth Yarns
Who will be speaking at the Uluru Youth Yarns?
- Sophie Coffin and Tyson McEwan, from Uluru Youth Netowork, and Head of Engagement at Uluru Dialogue Nolan Hunter will give a presentation on the Voice to Parliament, and the upcoming referendum.
I’m underage, can I come to the event?
- We’re encouraging young people who have not voted in a referendum before (or even an election before) and who will be of voting age at the referendum, to come down to learn more about the Voice and Referendum. While we’re structuring the event for 17-30 year olds, we have no age restrictions for the event, and the sundowner will be alcohol-free.
Can I bring my class/colleagues/friends?
- This is a free event, and we encourage you to bring as many interested friends and colleagues as we are able to host. Please have them register for the event so we can account for numbers.
Where is the best place to park?
- Paid parking is available on Havelock Street and Parliament Place. Alternatively, several parking facilities are located within walking distance from the Constitution Centre. If you can, we suggest a carpool or public transport (RED CAT goes to the stop R20, which is the closest to the Constitution Centre).
The popular and impactful Reconciliation Yarns return for 2023, focusing on the NRW theme, ‘Be a Voice for Generations’.
These will alternate between in-person and online sessions, with the in-person hosted across Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park).
The yarning circles will be co-facilitated by an Aboriginal Leader and a reconciliation ally, creating a safe space to yarn about reconciliation, the 2023 NRW Theme, and the Voice to Parliament.
In-person, 2.30pm – 4pm, Yorkas Nyinning Building, Kaarta Koomba Kings Park
Monday 29 May,
Wednesday 31 May
Online, 2.30pm – 4pm. Access link to be provided via email.
Tuesday 30 May,
Thursday 1 June
What are the Reconciliation Yarns?
- The Reconciliation Yarns offer opportunities for intimate and candid conversations about reconciliation, this year’s theme, and the upcoming Referendum on a Voice to Parliament. These are small, candid discussions, with a limit of 20 people per event.
What is a Yarning Circle?
- Yarning Circles are a powerful process in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, that build respectful relationships, encourage deep listening and allow everyone to have their say. You can learn more in our Digital Kit.
Are the Reconciliation Yarns appropriate for children?
- As the Yarning Circles can venture into mature and complex themes, they are for people aged 18 years and over only.
I want to stream the online Reconciliation Yarns at my organisation, how do I do this?
- The online Reconciliation Yarns are not intended to be streamed to a large audience. Each Yarning Circle is a candid conversation amongst 20 attendees, co-facilitated by an Aboriginal person and a reconciliation Ally. We encourage organisations to send one or two attendees online, who can share their experience with your wider team at a later date.
Reconciliation Memoirs with Dr Richard Walley OAM
Each year, Reconciliation WA produces the memoirs of a long-standing champion in the reconciliation movement.
This year we sat down with Dr Richard Walley OAM to present his Reconciliation Memoirs, written in collaboration with Victoria Laurie.
The launch will include a yarn with Dr Walley, at WA Museum Boola Bardip.
Date: Tuesday 30 May
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Tickets: General Admission: $25
RWA Member / WA Museum Boola Bardip Member / Friends of Kings Park: $15
Pay what you can afford option
Location: Hackett Hall, WA Museum Boola Bardip, with free online access available
Reconciliation Memoirs with Dr Richard Walley OAM
Tell me about Dr Richard Walley OAM?
- Dr Walley is a Noongar man and respected Elder, musician, and cultural leader who has been instrumental in the reconciliation movement in Australia.Dr Walley has been a prominent advocate for the recognition and celebration of Aboriginal culture and traditions, and has used his music and art as a way to promote understanding and healing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.He has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the arts and reconciliation, including the Order of Australia Medal in 1991.
How do I order a copy of the Memoirs?
- Tickets for the in-person event will include one copy of Dr Walley’s memoirs, written in collaboration with Victoria Laurie. Alternatively, copies will be made available online for purchase at our NRW 2023 Shop.
Walk for Reconciliation
The Walk for Reconciliation will take place in beautiful Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park), seeing thousands of people across the day connect to Boodja and celebrate the living Noongar culture.
Starting with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, people will journey through Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park) engaging in a range of cultural immersion opportunities including truth-telling, dancing, arts workshops and an opportunity to learn more about The Voice.
Date: Friday 2 June
Location: Pioneer Women’s Memoiral, Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park)
Time: Walking waves will depart throughout the day.
Walk for Reconciliation
Where does the walk start?
- The NRW Walk for Reconciliation will start near the Yorkas Nyinning Building, at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial in Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park). You can view the route on the map.
What happens if it’s raining, does the walk go ahead?
- In the case of light rain, the Walk for Reconciliation will go ahead. We encourage you to plan ahead and dress appropriately for the weather. In the case of extreme weather we will refer to official advice, and will cancel the event to ensure everyone’s safety if necessary. Refer to our social media closer to the date of the Walk for up-to-date advice.
Where is the best place to park?
How long is the walk?
- The walk runs for roughly 1.5km. You can view the route on the map
Are there going to be bus services from the city to Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park)?
- CAT buses provide easy access to and from the city to Kings Park.
Am I allowed to stay for longer than my registered time slot?
- We have allocated spaced time slots to manage capacity and flow throughout the Walk, and expect the walk to take about at hour. We ask you to respect and adhere to your chosen time slot, and encourage you to enjoy the rest of Kings Park as you reflect on your experience.
Can I bring my dog to the walk?
- As much as we would love to say yes, dog’s are not permitted to walk on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway Bridge, so participants would only be able to complete a small portion of the Walk if they were to bring a dog. It is best to leave our furry friends behind for the day. (Guide Dogs excepted).
We look forward to seeing you at our NRW events!
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