National Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May – 3 June. The dates that bookend the week commemorate both the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the historic High Court Mabo decision. These two events were significant milestones on the reconciliation journey. The 1967 referendum altered the Australian Constitution, with Australian voters choosing ‘Yes’ to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census. The Mabo decision recognized Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights, because it acknowledged their unique connection with the land. It led to the Australian Parliament passing the Native Title Act in 1993.

National Reconciliation Week encourages Australians to learn about and embrace our shared histories and cultures. The University of Newcastle Library has a wealth of information and resources to help you learn, share and grow.


Everything you need to know about the referendum to recognise indigenous Australians / Megan Davis & George Williams
Newcastle City campus Lib-7d KM208.431.K1 DAVI


Mabo : the native title legislation / edited by M.A. Stephenson
Newcastle City campus Lib-Book KM208.433 STEP-1


Lateline: Mabo Myths
Kanopy Video Streaming


Library Subject guides
Dig deeper into Indigenous issues, our guides will show you the best resources and databases on a range of course related areas.
Other resources

Informit Indigenous Collection gives access to emergent and ground breaking research within the global community offering scope for critical international engagement and debate.
Kanopy Video Streaming – Australian Indigenous Studies titles
Australian Indigenous Studies ebook collections
“The First Australians” SBS Chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people.
National Film and Sound Archive Australia’s audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing film, documentaries and oral histories

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