Reconciliation Week 2024

People taking part in an Invasion Day march. Photo credit: James Ross.
27 May – 3 June 2024, 9am–6pm
70-104 Ballarat Rd, Footscray, VIC 3011, AU
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This is an important week to show solidarity and allyship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The 2024 theme “Now More Than Ever” expresses the urgency to take action to end racism and violence against First Nations communities. 

Reconciliation Week runs between National Sorry Day on 26 May and Mabo Day on 3 June. National Sorry Day commemorates the 1997 tabling in Parliament of the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families – also known as the ‘Stolen Generations’ report. Mabo Day commemorates the historic 1992 High Court judgment that destroyed the legal fiction of ‘terra nullius’, under which Britain first laid claim to Indigenous lands. 

During Reconciliation Week, non-Indigenous people are called to seek out information about these significant dates, to connect with the struggles of First Nations Peoples and to take action in solidarity.

Show your commitment to growing your understanding and acting in allyship by joining one of the events below and participating in the Grow Solidarity pledges.

Grow Solidarity

Grow Solidarity is an evolving and ongoing opportunity for non-Indigenous members of the VU community to learn act and engage as allies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their pursuit of equality and justice. The journey of allyship is continuous, as we each deepen our understanding of how to stand alongside First Nations Peoples leading the fight for Sovereignty, Truth and Treaty.

You can select from three pledges to take actions for self-education and practical support. It is recommended that you have already engaged with actions or have understanding at the foundational levels prior to taking on the next.