National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 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.

The 2023 Reconciliation Week theme ‘Be a voice for generations’ encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise.

Mildura Rural City Council will mark National Reconciliation Week and National Sorry Day (26 May) in ways decided in collaboration with the Ngiwa Yarna Committee.

Student flags

Mildura Rural City Council is flying flags along Deakin Avenue and the Langtree Mall designed by local school students to mark National Reconciliation Week.

Council earlier this year invited local schools to design flags based on the theme of ‘reconciliation’, resulting in successful submissions from the Merbein P10 School, Mildura Primary School and Red Cliffs Primary School.

Submissions were reviewed by members of Council’s Ngiwa Yarna (Aboriginal Action) Committee and SuniTAFE Art and Design students.

As part of their learning and assessment, SuniTAFE students selected submissions which were then developed into seven unique flag designs.

The designs were then converted digitally into the format required to be printed and flown as flags, providing students with a unique experience to add to their graphic design portfolio.

The students’ work was officially acknowledged at a celebration event on 19 May 2023.