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WA Celebrates National Reconciliation Week 2017

30 May, 2017

West Australian community members and leaders will gather to celebrate National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2017 on Friday.

West Australian community members and leaders will gather to celebrate National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2017 on Friday. There will be two events; an official breakfast followed by a march down the main street of Perth in support for reconciliation.

Deputy Premier Roger Cook will address 250 people at the NRW breakfast in Kings Park. Mark Yettica-Paulson, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director, will also address the breakfast.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, Mr Yettica-Paulson will honour the legacy of the campaigners, as well as discussing the current push for constitutional reform.

This year’s 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum reminds us that we can come together as a nation and bring about real and lasting change. This is our opportunity to leave a legacy for the next generation.

Like the successful 1967 referendum, the Mabo decision and native title, constitutional recognition is an important next step in the journey to reconciliation. RECOGNISE and Reconciliation WA have campaigned steadily for the last five years and we are now at this historic moment, a week after the largest gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in decades at Uluru, where the Federal Parliament will be considering this long overdue change” he said.

The theme for NRW 2017 is Take the Next Step, which is marking significant anniversaries: 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the Mabo decision. It is also looking towards taking the next steps in the reconciliation movement.

Event Details:

Breakfast
Date: Friday 2 June
Time: 7am start
Venue: Frasers Restaurant, Fraser Ave, Kings Park
Speakers: Deputy Premier Hon. Roger Cook MLA RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director Mark Yettica-Paulson

Walk for Reconciliation
Date: Friday 2 June
Time: 12pm start
Route: Stirling Gardens to Government House
Speakers: Fred Chaney AO, former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party