National Reconciliation Week 2023

Help your students to be a voice for generations.

Tuesday, 30 May 2023 at 11:00 pm
National reconciliation week 2023 poster

National Reconciliation Week began on Saturday 27 May 2023, and will continue until Saturday 3 June 2023.

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

National Reconciliation Week is a chance for all schools to reflect and learn more about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

What you can do

Schools across the state are rising to this challenge, embedding conversations about reconciliation in the classroom and fostering knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

The National Reconciliation Week website has resources schools can use to help plan an activity to mark the week.

There’s still time to encourage your students to ‘Be a voice for generations’ this week, by accessing resources including posters, colouring-in activities, and suggestions for actions to take to be a voice for reconciliation.

You can also refer to Reconciliation Victoria for more resources and information about local events to join.

Yoorrook Justice Commission

In March 2022, the Victorian Government launched the Yoorrook Justice Commission as the first formal truth-telling process into historical and ongoing injustices experienced by First Peoples in Victoria.

Yoorrook will look into both past and ongoing injustices experienced by Traditional Owners and First Peoples in Victoria in all areas of life since colonisation. Yoorrook will make recommendations to support healing, including through education policy and curriculum.

Our department fully supports the Yoorrook Justice Commission, which will develop a shared understanding among all Victorians of the impact of colonisation, as well as the diversity, strength and resilience of First Peoples’ cultures.

The Yoorrook Justice Commission’s final report is due for release in 2025.

Find out more

For more information, refer to: