National Reconciliation Week


National Reconciliation Week marks a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year - 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision.

In 2020, Reconciliation Australia marks 20 years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.

This year’s theme ‘In This Together’ is resonating in more ways than one in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and aims to remind everyone that we are all #InThisTogether.

Poem, short story, songs and film competition

To mark National Reconciliation Week, Mildura Rural City Council is hosting a Poem, Short Story, Songs and Short Film competition.

The competition is free to enter, and is open to all age groups and nationalities.Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all entrants must abide by the current restrictions in place for Victoria when creating their entry.

All entries must incorporate the 2020 National Reconciliation Week theme 'In This Together', with each poem, short story, song or a short films produced covering one of the following themes:

Reconciliation: National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared histories, contributions and achievements.

Referendum: On 27 May 1967, the Australian Government held a referendum which altered the Australian Constitution. More than 90 per cent of Australian voters chose ‘Yes’ to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the census, and give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mabo: Mabo Day is marked on 3 June, and commemorates the efforts of Eddie Koiki Mabo to overturn terra nullius (land belonging to no-one) - the legal concept that Australia and the Torres Strait Islands were not owned by Indigenous peoples because they did not ‘use’ the land in ways Europeans believed constituted legal possession.


Poem/ Short Story - must be a minimum of 50 words. Winner will receive a $100 Coles Group and Myers Gift Card

Song - must be a minimum of one minute in length. Winner will receive a $200 Coles Group and Myers Gift Card

Short film - Be creative in stage and styling, experiment with new technology use different transitions and animations. Minimum one minute in length. Winner will receive a $350 Coles Group and Myers Gift Card.

Winners will receive a gift card and certificate through the mail. These items will be posted to their mailing address on the registration form.