Reconciliation Day is part of National Reconciliation Week and is a time for all Canberrans to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The fourth annual Reconciliation Day in Canberra was held on Monday 31 May 2021 at the National Arboretum Canberra. Thanks to those who joined us for a day of performances and activities designed to promote conversation and foster a deeper understanding of our national story and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
If you attended the Reconciliation Day event this year, we’d love to hear your feedback. Please complete this short survey - it will only take five minutes.
We look forward to welcoming you back for another Reconciliation Day public holiday event on Monday 30 May 2022.
BEHIND THE ARTWORK
Canberran and Ngunnawal, Wirdajuri and Kamilaroi artist Lynnice Church created the Reconciliation Day artwork for the city’s second Reconciliation Day in 2019.
The painting, titled ‘Reconciliation’, represents the Ngunnawal Tribe of Canberra, Queanbeyan and surrounding region and the coming together of people on Ngunnawal Country.
HISTORY OF RECONCILIATION DAY
In 2018, the Nation’s capital became the first Australian jurisdiction to dedicate a public holiday to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Reconciliation Day is held on the first Monday on or after the 1967 Referendum anniversary date of 27 May each year and makes up part of National Reconciliation Week.