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There’s a lot planned to occur during Reconciliation Week 2021. The theme for this year’s Week is More than a word. Reconciliation takes action

More information is at Home – National Reconciliation Week 2021

Jerrabomberra Wetlands: Reconciliation Day – Bush Tucker

 Come and join Wiradjuri woman Dhani Gilbert at Jerrabomberra wetlands during Reconciliation week! Enjoy a taste of bush tucker straight from the fire and head out on a walk to learn about indigenous connection to country.

 Saturday 29 May.  Either 10am to 12 noon or 1pm to 3pm.

 Adult (18+): $20.00.  Child: $15.00

 What’s On — Jerrabomberra Wetlands

 National Portrait Gallery Reconciliation Week Tours

To celebrate Reconciliation Week, tours will focus on some remarkable, resilient and  inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the collection.

 Daily from Wednesday 26 May until Thursday 3 June 2021

11:30am – 12:00pm.  Free.  Reconciliation Week tours, National Portrait Gallery

 National Arboretum Canberra events

From basket weaving and yarning circles to live entertainment and a free BBQ, there is a whole host of things to look forward to with a range of free and family-friendly activities on offer throughout the day. The day’s activities are designed to promote conversation and foster a deeper understanding of our national story and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Includes an ANTaR Sea of Hands.

 Monday 31st May 2021, 10am – 2pm

 Program | Reconciliation Day | Events ACT (


National Museum of Australia: Cultural Connections: Sharing Stories and Songs from Yuin Country 

This will highlight the outcomes from two partnerships on the south coast of NSW: Eurobodalla Shire Council in Moruya and Four Winds in Bermagui. These special events provide opportunities for audiences to share in and learn from the rich history, language and culture of Yuin Country.

Stories from Yuin Country

Friday 4 June 2021, 6–8pm | Costs apply | Bookings essential

Songs from Yuin Country

Saturday 5 June 2021, 11–12:30pm | Free

Sharing Stories and Songs from Yuin Country | National Museum of Australia (

 ANU #NRW2021 National Reconciliation Week

Celebrate NRW this year with the Australian National University (ANU) community by sharing stories, history and culture. Join panel discussions, heritage walks, films and more from 27 May to 3 June.

Events: ANU National Reconciliation Week – ANU

ANU Recording Studio

ANU has very recently established a recording studio dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians. The Yil Lull studio at the ANU School of Music will offer free recording and music assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians from across Australia, led Torres Strait Islander musician Will Kepa. Uncle Joe Geia, a Queensland master storyteller and musician, gifted the name from his Yil Lull song.


Big Sing Inc

Big Sing in the Desert, Big Sing by the Sea and Singing on Deerubbin Shores are activities of Big Sing Incorporated, a not-for-profit association established to foster and support community singing and music and provide opportunities for musical and cultural sharing.

Big Sing Community | Sharing culture and song

As well as Reconciliation Week events listed above we also would like to add some additional information about issues of community interest in the ACT.

  1. The current Winnunga Newsletter April 2021, contains numerous informative articles dealing with current issues. Actually the newsletter makes for compelling reading for all members of the ACT community.


Within the newsletter Julie Tongs OAM, CEO Winnunga, is seeking the support of the whole of the Canberra community to contribute funds for the purchase of a range of toiletries, such as shampoo and deodorant, to be provided to detainees in the AMC.  She is hopeful that the Canberra community will also respond to the contribution of funds sufficient to ensure that all detainees have an opportunity to maintain meaningful telephone contact with their loved ones. If you are able to contribute funds towards or otherwise assist in this cause please contact Winnunga AHCS on 02) 6284 6222. Details are on pages 12 and 13 in Winnunga’s April newsletter. 


  1. ACT Government currently has a review underway into the service system and the implementation requirement for raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility in the ACT. The Justice Policy Futures Taskforce within the Justice Reform Branch of ACT government is managing the review on Behalf Of Canberra as a Restorative City.  The review will further the Government’s commitment to raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility by identifying:
  • the impact of raising the minimum age criminal responsibility on young people and their families, support services and the justice system in the ACT with particular attention to prevention, early intervention and diversionary frameworks
  • how to ensure adequate support measures are in place through justice reinvestment initiatives and family-centric interventions, for young people aged 10—13 who use or are at risk of using criminal behaviours;
  • options to address key issues and risks if the minimum age of criminal responsibility is raised

The chair of the review team is Dr Morag McArthur; working in partnership with CURIJO and Aino Soumi.

This review is planned to be completed by the end of July 2021 with possible legislation drafted and introduced into Legislative Assembly in December 2021.

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We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which Canberra is situated, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We would also like to acknowledge other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may visit this area


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