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When is Reconciliation Day (ACT) in 2024?

Reconciliation Day (ACT) in 2024 is on the Monday, 27th of May (5/27/2024).

Reconciliation Day (ACT) is on the 148th day of 2024. There are 218 days left in the year.

Reconciliation Day (ACT) Facts

  • Date: May 27, 2024
  • Regional
  • Also Called: Fanily and Community Day
  • Celebrations: Celebrations; parades, workshops, kids’ amusement
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Australian Capital Territory is the first state in Australia to celebrate a public holiday dedicated to the indigenous people. Reconciliation Day was founded to honour the native Australian culture as well as promoting cultural exchange. The first Reconciliation Day was celebrated on May 28, 2018. This was after the Indigenous affairs minister presented a bill to the legislature Assembly to have a day celebrating the Australian culture. The law was passed and Reconciliation Day became a public holiday thus replacing the Family and Community Day which was observed in September.

History of Reconciliation Day

The Reconciliation Day history can be traced back to 1967 during the Australian Referendum. The referendum aimed at removing clauses in the constitution that discriminated against the indigenous Australian groups, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. One of the clauses denied the indigenous groups citizenship because they were not to be included during the Australian census. On 27th May 1967, over 90% of Australian citizens voted in favour of amending the constitution and getting rid of the discriminatory clauses.

Earlier in the late 1950s, there was a rise in civil rights activism as most Australians aimed at ending this injustice and instead work towards reconciling the country’s ethnic groups. It is this activism that initiated the 1967 referendum. The outcome of the referendum constituted a victory for the indigenous Australian civil rights and the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders were included in the official national census.

Today, the Australian Capital Territory celebrates Reconciliation Day on the first Monday of May to commemorate this victory. Reconciliation Day also marks the beginning of a weeklong observance of the National Reconciliation week which was first celebrated in 1996.

How to Celebrate Reconciliation Day

Reconciliation Day aims at giving an opportunity for the indigenous and non-indigenous Australians to reconcile with each other. This is, therefore, the perfect time to bury any hatchet you have had with persons belonging to the indigenous or non-indigenous community. Make it an ongoing process where you forgive each other, resolve the wrongs and move forward together.

You can also attend the Reconciliation in the Park event. The fun-filled event is a great day out for the entire family. Some of the activities during the event include live music from celebrated Australian artists, performances from the indigenous communities, kids’ amusements activities. Bush tucker talks among others.

You can also spearhead reconciliation workshops in schools, workplaces, and communities across Canberra. Let everyone in these institutions understand the importance of reconciling and embracing everyone despite their ethnic background. It is sad that some members of the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders are often treated as foreigners in their own country.

Remember to use the power of social media and share a message about Reconciliation Day by using the hashtag #ReconciliationDay.

Why Celebrate Reconciliation Day

Recnciliation Day helps us appreciate and embrace the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders people as part of the Australian citizens. These indigenous Australians experience vast inequalities in terms of access to health care, education, the standard of living, and employment. Although these communities have a high birth rate, their life expectancy is very low putting them at risk of extinction. The primary cause of death of indigenous Australians is assault, suicide, and chronic diseases such as heart conditions, liver diseases, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and lung cancer. Celebrating Reconciliation Day is the first step in understanding these inequalities and helping these people get a better living.

Interesting Facts about the Indigenous Australians

  • Approximately 145 native languages are spoken in Australia while 110 languages are at the risk of extinction.
  • The English words kangaroo, koala, dingo, barramundi, and wombat have their origin from Aboriginal languages.
  • Waterholes, rock arts, and burial grounds are some of the sacred sites of the Aboriginal people.
  • The Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders are the oldest living creatures in the world. They date back to over 50000 years.
  • Almost 35% of the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders live in major cities while 13.7% live in very remote areas.
  • The Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders were granted the right to vote in 1962

    Reconciliation Day (ACT) Observances

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    • Jun 01, 2020
    • Mon
    • May 31, 2021
    • Mon
    • May 30, 2022
    • Mon
    • May 29, 2023
    • Mon
    • May 27, 2024

    List of Australian Capital Territory Holidays Celebrated in Year 2024

    MondayMonJan 01, 2024Jan 01New Year's Day
    FridayFriJan 26, 2024Jan 26Australia Day
    MondayMonMar 11, 2024Mar 11Canberra Day
    FridayFriMar 29, 2024Mar 29Good Friday
    SaturdaySatMar 30, 2024Mar 30Easter Saturday
    SundaySunMar 31, 2024Mar 31Easter Sunday
    MondayMonApr 01, 2024Apr 01Easter Monday
    ThursdayThuApr 25, 2024Apr 25Anzac Day
    MondayMonMay 27, 2024May 27Reconciliation Day
    MondayMonJun 10, 2024Jun 10King's Birthday
    MondayMonOct 07, 2024Oct 07Labour Day
    WednesdayWedDec 25, 2024Dec 25Christmas Day
    ThursdayThuDec 26, 2024Dec 26Boxing Day

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    FridayFriJan 19, 2024Jan 19National Popcorn Day
    FridayFriFeb 02, 2024Feb 02Groundhog Day
    FridayFriFeb 02, 2024Feb 02National Wear Red Day
    WednesdayWedFeb 07, 2024Feb 07National Signing Day
    FridayFriFeb 09, 2024Feb 09National Pizza Day
    TuesdayTueFeb 13, 2024Feb 13Galentine's Day
    TuesdayTueFeb 13, 2024Feb 13National Pancake Day
    WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2024Feb 14Valentine's Day
    ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2024Feb 15National Bagel Day
    SundaySunFeb 18, 2024Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
    ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2024Feb 22National Margarita Day
    ThursdayThuFeb 29, 2024Feb 29Leap Day
    FridayFriMar 01, 2024Mar 01National Employee Appreciation Day
    ThursdayThuMar 07, 2024Mar 07National Cereal Day
    SundaySunMar 10, 2024Mar 10Daylight savings
    MondayMonMar 11, 2024Mar 11National Napping Day
    ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Walkout Day
    ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Pi Day
    WednesdayWedMar 20, 2024Mar 20National Proposal Day
    SaturdaySatMar 23, 2024Mar 23National Puppy Day
    SaturdaySatMar 30, 2024Mar 30National Doctor Day
    WednesdayWedApr 03, 2024Apr 03National Walking Day
    ThursdayThuApr 04, 2024Apr 04National Burrito Day
    SundaySunApr 07, 2024Apr 07National Beer Day
    ThursdayThuApr 11, 2024Apr 11National Pet Day
    FridayFriApr 12, 2024Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
    ThursdayThuMay 02, 2024May 02National Day Of Prayer
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    SaturdaySatMay 25, 2024May 25National Wine Day
    FridayFriJun 07, 2024Jun 07National Donut Day
    SaturdaySatJun 08, 2024Jun 08National Best Friends Day
    SundaySunJun 16, 2024Jun 16Father's Day
    FridayFriJun 21, 2024Jun 21National Selfie Day
    SaturdaySatJun 22, 2024Jun 22National Kissing Day
    SaturdaySatJul 13, 2024Jul 13National French Fry Day
    SundaySunJul 14, 2024Jul 14National Nude Day
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    SundaySunJul 21, 2024Jul 21National Ice Cream Day
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    MondayMonJul 29, 2024Jul 29National Chicken Wing Day
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    SundaySunAug 04, 2024Aug 04National Sister Day
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    ThursdayThuOct 03, 2024Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
    FridayFriOct 04, 2024Oct 04National Vodka Day
    FridayFriOct 04, 2024Oct 04National Taco Day
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    SaturdaySatOct 19, 2024Oct 19Sweetest Day
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    SundaySunNov 03, 2024Nov 03National Sandwich Day
    FridayFriNov 29, 2024Nov 29Black Friday
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