Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Yuumma Canberra! From Thursday 27 May to Thursday 3 June, there are a host of events across the city recognizing the Atonement Week 2021, with an ACT holiday falling on Monday 31 May.

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our common stories, cultures and achievements and to explore how we can each contribute to reconciliation in Australia.

2021 marks 20 years of reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.


The ACT Government’s fourth annual event on the Day of Atonement will be held on the public holiday on Monday, 31 May at 10-14, at the National Arboretum Canberra.

The event will be full of activities and performances, including live music from the Griffyn Ensemble, Wiradjuri Echoes and Johnny Huckle; a yarn circle with elders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Ngunnawal language workshops; creative activities including basket weaving, butterfly crafts and herb making in the Sturt Desert; guided cultural walks through the forest; bush tucker tastings; and more.

Click here for the full program.

Canberra National Arboretum
The reconciliation day’s social event will be held on the public holiday on Monday 31 May at 10-14, at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Reconciliation week at the National Museum

Recognize the Atonement Week at the National Museum by visiting their native-themed exhibits Piinpi: Modern native fashion in First Australians Focus Gallery and Blak speaks to the story.

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Exhibition with original theme ‘Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion’ is at the National Museum in Canberra over the week of atonement. Photo: Kerrie Brewer.

Unbroken connections at Canberra Glassworks

Canberra Glassworks is now hosting a solo exhibition by award-winning artist, Quandamooka woman Megan Cope, featuring a new piece of work as a result of her stay at the Glassworks in 2020 and 2021.

Unbroken connections contains works showing Cope’s exploration of the ongoing connections her people have with Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and a wider Quandamooka country.

Cope’s Unbroken connections is on at Canberra Glassworks throughout the Atonement Week and continues until July 18th; canberraglassworks.com


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To celebrate Reconciliation Week, the National Portrait Gallery’s 30-minute free highlights from May 26 to June 3 focus on some notable, resilient and inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their collection.

Reservations are essential and can be made here.


Voting week @ NFSA

On Friday 28 May, the National Film and Sound Archive will hold a special matinee screening Rabbit-proof fence as well as a slide evening as part of their Mervyn Bishop exhibition celebrating the famous native news photographer.

Based on the book Follow the rabbit-proof fence by Molly’s daughter, Doris Pilkington Garimara, this true story introduced many people around the world to Australia’s ‘stolen generations’.

Rabbit-proof fence will be shown at NFSA’s Arc Cinema, May 28, 10:30 p.m .; book here.

Also on May 28 from kl. 19 the Archive will host Slide night with Uncle Mervyn Bishop, where the photographer will recreate his entertaining and fascinating slide shows; book here.

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NFSA will host ‘Slide night with Uncle Mervyn Bishop’, where the photographer recreates his entertaining and fascinating slide show

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‘Milk’, a new work by Canberra Indigenous playwright and actor Dylan Van Den Berg, premieres on The Street on 4 June.

Dylan Van Den Bergs Milk @ The street

Milk, a new work by Canberra Indigenous playwright and actor Dylan Van Den Berg, will premiere on The Street on June 4th.

Spans two centuries, Milk traces the conversation between three Aboriginal ancestors who meet on a metaphysical island in Flinders off the coast of Tasmania on the brink of life-changing moments.

Milk will be performed on The Street, City West, 4-6 and 9-12 June; thestreet.org.au


Teach a man to fish collection film evening

Big Sing Community is hosting a fundraiser movie night in Kambri, ANU on Wednesday, June 2 as part of National Reconciliation Week 2021.

A screening of Australian documentary Teach a man to fish will be followed by questions and answers with filmmaker and Biripi man, Grant Saunders.

A performance by Rachel Hores Pop Up Choir opens the event.

Big Sing Incorporated is a non-profit association created to promote and support community singing and music and provide opportunities for musical and cultural sharing.

Wednesday, June 2 at 18-20.30 at Kambri Cultural Center ANU; tickets $ 30 / $ 20, book here.


Documentary screening: In my blood it runs

To mark National Reconciliation Week, the University of Canberra and the UC Student Representative Council have arranged a screening of In my blood it runs, a documentary showing a 10-year-old Dujuan child student.

The screening will take place at UC Refectory, Bruce, Tuesday, May 25 at. 16-18; free, sign up via Eventbrite.

Have we missed anything? Send your Canberra Atonement Day 2021 event in the comments or via email to [email protected].


Woodlands and Wetlands Trust

Bush Tucker & Family Walk: Saturday, May 29, two sessions: 10-12 and 13-13; $ 20 adults, $ 15 children. Join Ngunnawal man Richie Allan and Wiradjuri woman Dhani Gilbert for Reconciliation Week at Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Enjoy a taste of bush tucker right from the fire and go on a trip to learn about native connection to the country. Suitable for 5 years and up.

Tickets: jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/whats-on

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