Reconciliation timeline  Events that have made an impact on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait      Islander ...
1770 – Captain Cook enters Botany Bay on the Endeavour. The British Governmentdoes not recognise the rights of Aboriginal ...
1778 – The First Fleet arrives and builds a settlement at Port Jackson in Sydney, New                                     ...
1778 – The First Fleet arrives and builds a settlement at Port Jackson in Sydney, New                                     ...
Contact art depicts these early encounters
Contact art depicts these early encounters
1901 - the Commonwealth of Australia is formed. The constitution is enacted and the first                             fede...
1948 – New federal legislation gives the category of ‘Australian Citizenship’ to all Australians,             including Ab...
1962 – The Commonwealth Electoral Act is amended to give the vote to all Aboriginal and                 Torres Strait Isla...
1967 – On May 27, more than 90 per cent ofAustralians vote ‘YES’ in a referendum to give theAustralian Government the powe...
1972 – The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is pitched outside Parliament House in Canberra,             campaigning for the recogn...
The embassy commemorated its 40th anniversary this year
The embassy commemorated its 40th anniversary this year
1985 – Uluru is handed back to its traditional owners in a ceremony at the base of the rock
1988 – The Barunga Statement, calling for rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander                 peoples, is pre...
1991 – The Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody presents its final report into the        deaths of 99 Aboriginal...
1991 – The Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody presents its final report into the        deaths of 99 Aboriginal...
1992 – On June 3, The high Court hands down the Mabo decision, recognising the special   relationship that Aboriginal and ...
In this decision, the Court rules that Australia was never terra nullius
1993 – The United Nations declares 1993 the International Year of the World’s                            Indigenous People
Prime Minister Paul Keating launches Australias celebrations of the 1993 International Year of            the Worlds Indig...
1996 – The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launches Australia’s first                     National Reconciliation Week
1996 – The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launches Australia’s first                     National Reconciliation Week
1996 – The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launches Australia’s first                     National Reconciliation Week
1997 – The Bringing Them Home report on Australia’s Stolen Generations is           launched at the National Reconciliatio...
Cover image of the Bringing Them Home report
1998 – on 26 May, the first    National Sorry Day is    commemorated, as   recommended by theBringing Them Home report
2000 – Reconciliation Australia is established
2000 – In May, approximately 300,000 people walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of       National Reconciliation Wee...
2000 – In May, approximately 300,000 people walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of       National Reconciliation Wee...
2004 – The Commonwealth Government established a memorial to the Stolen Generations at                          Reconcilia...
2007 – As Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, Prime Minister John        Howard begins an in...
2007 – As Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, Prime Minister John        Howard begins an in...
2007 – As Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, Prime Minister John        Howard begins an in...
2007 – As Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, Prime Minister John        Howard begins an in...
2008 – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologises to the Stolen Generations on behalf of                               ...
2008 – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologises to the Stolen Generations on behalf of                               ...
2008 – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologises to the Stolen Generations on behalf of                               ...
2012 onward – what future steps do you think Australia shouldtake towards greater recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Str...
Did you know – 82% of Australians want to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian       ...
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events
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National Reconciliation Week 2012 - timeline of reconciliation events

  1. 1. Reconciliation timeline Events that have made an impact on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  2. 2. 1770 – Captain Cook enters Botany Bay on the Endeavour. The British Governmentdoes not recognise the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples andtheir special connection with the land. Instead – they declare Australia is terra nullius – land belonging to nobody
  3. 3. 1778 – The First Fleet arrives and builds a settlement at Port Jackson in Sydney, New South Wales
  4. 4. 1778 – The First Fleet arrives and builds a settlement at Port Jackson in Sydney, New South Wales
  5. 5. Contact art depicts these early encounters
  6. 6. Contact art depicts these early encounters
  7. 7. 1901 - the Commonwealth of Australia is formed. The constitution is enacted and the first federal parliament sits.
  8. 8. 1948 – New federal legislation gives the category of ‘Australian Citizenship’ to all Australians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, for the first time At a state level, however, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples still suffer legal discrimination.
  9. 9. 1962 – The Commonwealth Electoral Act is amended to give the vote to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at Federal Elections
  10. 10. 1967 – On May 27, more than 90 per cent ofAustralians vote ‘YES’ in a referendum to give theAustralian Government the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  11. 11. 1972 – The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is pitched outside Parliament House in Canberra, campaigning for the recognition of Aboriginal land rights
  12. 12. The embassy commemorated its 40th anniversary this year
  13. 13. The embassy commemorated its 40th anniversary this year
  14. 14. 1985 – Uluru is handed back to its traditional owners in a ceremony at the base of the rock
  15. 15. 1988 – The Barunga Statement, calling for rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, is presented to Prime Minister Bob Hawke
  16. 16. 1991 – The Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody presents its final report into the deaths of 99 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian jails
  17. 17. 1991 – The Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody presents its final report into the deaths of 99 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian jails
  18. 18. 1992 – On June 3, The high Court hands down the Mabo decision, recognising the special relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have with the land
  19. 19. In this decision, the Court rules that Australia was never terra nullius
  20. 20. 1993 – The United Nations declares 1993 the International Year of the World’s Indigenous People
  21. 21. Prime Minister Paul Keating launches Australias celebrations of the 1993 International Year of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples, giving an historic speech at Redfern
  22. 22. 1996 – The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launches Australia’s first National Reconciliation Week
  23. 23. 1996 – The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launches Australia’s first National Reconciliation Week
  24. 24. 1996 – The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launches Australia’s first National Reconciliation Week
  25. 25. 1997 – The Bringing Them Home report on Australia’s Stolen Generations is launched at the National Reconciliation Conference Between 1910 and 1970, 20,000 to 25,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were removed from their families and communities by the Australian Government against the will of their parents. The effects of these forced removal policies include broken families, diminished physical and mental health, loss of language, culture and connection to traditional land, loss of parenting skills and enormous distress continuing today. Not one Aboriginal family escaped the effects of the forced removal policies. Intergenerational effects are prevalent today.
  26. 26. Cover image of the Bringing Them Home report
  27. 27. 1998 – on 26 May, the first National Sorry Day is commemorated, as recommended by theBringing Them Home report
  28. 28. 2000 – Reconciliation Australia is established
  29. 29. 2000 – In May, approximately 300,000 people walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of National Reconciliation Week, showing support for the reconciliation process
  30. 30. 2000 – In May, approximately 300,000 people walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of National Reconciliation Week, showing support for the reconciliation process
  31. 31. 2004 – The Commonwealth Government established a memorial to the Stolen Generations at Reconciliation Place in Canberra
  32. 32. 2007 – As Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, Prime Minister John Howard begins an intervention into Northern Territory Aboriginal Communities
  33. 33. 2007 – As Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, Prime Minister John Howard begins an intervention into Northern Territory Aboriginal Communities
  34. 34. 2007 – As Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, Prime Minister John Howard begins an intervention into Northern Territory Aboriginal Communities
  35. 35. 2007 – As Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, Prime Minister John Howard begins an intervention into Northern Territory Aboriginal Communities
  36. 36. 2008 – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologises to the Stolen Generations on behalf of the Australian Parliament
  37. 37. 2008 – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologises to the Stolen Generations on behalf of the Australian Parliament
  38. 38. 2008 – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologises to the Stolen Generations on behalf of the Australian Parliament
  39. 39. 2012 onward – what future steps do you think Australia shouldtake towards greater recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
  40. 40. Did you know – 82% of Australians want to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. It’s time to create a nation for us all.

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