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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River and the Undalup Association invite community members to a National Reconciliation Week event from 11am until 3pm on Saturday 27 May 2017 at the Margaret River Library (and grounds). 
The event includes a traditional Welcome to Country, cultural activities, bush tucker, and screening of a documentary. 
Undalup Association will present the documentary, which is about a National Resource Management (NRM) project recently completed at Wadandi sacred place the Waljin Mia (Rainbow Cave). 
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Community Development Officer Susie Elton said National Reconciliation Week aims to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
“The 2017 National Reconciliation week theme is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’,” she said. 
“This year the dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. 
“We hope community members join us for the event and take the opportunity to reflect on our country’s past and consider how we want the future to look.”
Space is limited for the screening of the NRM documentary. 
To reserve a place please contract amrlibrary@amrshire.wa.gov.au or 9780 5600. 

Anniversary dates
27 May 2017 —
Marks the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.
3 June 2017 —
Commemorates 25 years since the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992. The ruling recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land, a relationship that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.
 

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