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Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

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Sorry Day (26th May) is the day where the nation remembers and commemorates the mistreatment of the Stolen Generations and National Reconciliation Week (27th May-3rd June) commemorates the two significant milestones in our country’s reconciliation journey – the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Event details

Curtin recognises to two important events in the national calendar. Sorry Day (26th May), and National Reconciliation Week (27th May-3rd June).

From 26 May to 3 June
image of Aboriginal art

Join the activities and events we have scheduled for Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week:

A number of events have been organised at Curtin throughout the week and we encourage staff and students to attend and participate:

native hibiscus26th May 1-2pm: Sorry Day – Planting of the Native Hibiscus
The Native Hibiscus, found throughout Australia, is symbolic of the scattering of the stolen generations, as it represents resilience and the ability to survive.  Curtin’s Elder in Residence, Associate Professor Simon Forrest, together with Senior Executive staff will be planting a garden of Native Hibiscus in the area beside Building 213 (near the Tim Winton Lecture Theatre). Guests will also be invited to help plant the garden.  The event will be followed by afternoon tea in the Centre for Aboriginal Studies.  All staff and students are welcome.

27th May 12noon – 1pm: Reconciliation Lunch @ The Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Join staff and students for a free themed lunch and entertainment at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies. Whilst you are there, you can also help by sharing your hopes for a better future through reconciliation by signing the Reconciliation Wall and participating in creating the “Sea  of Hands” – a symbol of Indigenous rights and greater mutual respect between indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

still from Next Generation Movie28th May 12.30 – 2pm: Movie screening of “Our Generation”
Our Generation is a feature-length documentary that explores the complicated relationship between the world’s oldest living culture, the Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal) people, and the world’s newest, the colonization of Western peoples in the same country. Everyone is welcome and the event is free but tickets are limited so get in early. To register visit:

Visit the Curtin library
Throughout National Reconciliation Week, the library foyer will feature a display of images, articles and resources giving historical and cultural perspective to the message of reconciliation and hope for the future.

To learn more about the successful 1967 referendum, the High Court Mabo decision and the reconciliation journey, visit: