Flag Blessing at The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters
Reconciliation Week provides opportunities to express alignment with the history and spirit of this land. As part of joining the National reconciliation effort, The Salvation Army Territorial Commander will be blessing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags on May 29th, which will stand alongside the Australian and Salvation Army flags at Territorial Headquarters. But we must go beyond symbolic attempts - the theme this year: " Let's Walk the Talk" invites us all to learn the truth of our shared past and our present actions, moving forward to a better day in achieving rightful justice for all in this land.
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Important dates to remember
National Reconciliation Week - 27 May - 3 June
National Reconciliation Week is an annual event in which we can celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
This week is framed by the following key events in Australia’s history. They provide strong symbols for reconciliation.
National Sorry Day - 26 May
National Sorry Day is an annual event which has been held since 1997 to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the continent's indigenous population. In 2008 a motion was moved in parliament to apologise to the "Stolen Generation".
The Referendum - 27 May 1967
The Referendum gave the Australian Government power to legislate with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for them to be counted in the census.
The Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision - 3 June 1992
The Australian High Court recognized the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the land and this paved the way for land rights known as Native Title