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RECONCILIATION DAY (ACT)

When is Reconciliation Day (ACT) in 2023?

Reconciliation Day (ACT) in 2023 is on the Monday, 29th of May (5/29/2023).

Reconciliation Day (ACT) is on the 149th day of 2023. There are 216 days left in the year.

Reconciliation Day (ACT) Facts

  • Date: May 29, 2023
  • Regional
  • Also Called: Fanily and Community Day
  • Celebrations: Celebrations; parades, workshops, kids’ amusement
Reconciliation Day (ACT) iImage Credit: Wikipedia

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

    DAY
    DATE
    HOLIDAY NAME
    • Mon
    • Jun 01, 2020
    • Mon
    • May 31, 2021
    • Mon
    • May 30, 2022

    List of Australian Capital Territory Holidays Celebrated in Year 2022

    DAYDATEHOLIDAY
    SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01New Year's Day
    MondayMonJan 03, 2022Jan 03New Year's Day Holiday
    WednesdayWedJan 26, 2022Jan 26Australia Day
    MondayMonMar 14, 2022Mar 14Canberra Day
    FridayFriApr 15, 2022Apr 15Good Friday
    SaturdaySatApr 16, 2022Apr 16Easter Saturday
    SundaySunApr 17, 2022Apr 17Easter Sunday
    MondayMonApr 18, 2022Apr 18Easter Monday
    MondayMonApr 25, 2022Apr 25Anzac Day
    MondayMonMay 30, 2022May 30Reconciliation Day
    MondayMonJun 13, 2022Jun 13Queen's Birthday
    MondayMonOct 03, 2022Oct 03Labour Day
    SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas Day
    MondayMonDec 26, 2022Dec 26Boxing Day
    TuesdayTueDec 27, 2022Dec 27Christmas Day Holiday

    List of Popular Celebration Days of United States in 2022

    DAYDATEHOLIDAY
    WednesdayWedJan 12, 2022Jan 12National Pharmacists Day
    WednesdayWedJan 19, 2022Jan 19National Popcorn Day
    WednesdayWedFeb 02, 2022Feb 02National Signing Day
    WednesdayWedFeb 02, 2022Feb 02Groundhog Day
    FridayFriFeb 04, 2022Feb 04National Wear Red Day
    WednesdayWedFeb 09, 2022Feb 09National Pizza Day
    SundaySunFeb 13, 2022Feb 13Galentine's Day
    MondayMonFeb 14, 2022Feb 14Valentine's Day
    TuesdayTueFeb 15, 2022Feb 15National Bagel Day
    FridayFriFeb 18, 2022Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
    TuesdayTueFeb 22, 2022Feb 22National Margarita Day
    TuesdayTueMar 01, 2022Mar 01National Pancake Day
    FridayFriMar 04, 2022Mar 04National Employee Appreciation Day
    SundaySunMar 06, 2022Mar 06National Walking Day
    MondayMonMar 07, 2022Mar 07National Cereal Day
    MondayMonMar 14, 2022Mar 14National Napping Day
    MondayMonMar 14, 2022Mar 14National Pi Day
    MondayMonMar 14, 2022Mar 14National Walkout Day
    SundaySunMar 20, 2022Mar 20National Proposal Day
    WednesdayWedMar 23, 2022Mar 23National Puppy Day
    WednesdayWedMar 30, 2022Mar 30National Doctor Day
    ThursdayThuApr 07, 2022Apr 07National Burrito Day
    ThursdayThuApr 07, 2022Apr 07National Beer Day
    MondayMonApr 11, 2022Apr 11National Pet Day
    TuesdayTueApr 12, 2022Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
    ThursdayThuMay 05, 2022May 05National Day Of Prayer
    SundaySunMay 08, 2022May 08Mother's Day
    WednesdayWedMay 25, 2022May 25National Wine Day
    WednesdayWedMay 25, 2022May 25National Towel Day
    FridayFriJun 03, 2022Jun 03National Donut Day
    WednesdayWedJun 08, 2022Jun 08National Best Friends Day
    SundaySunJun 19, 2022Jun 19Father's Day
    TuesdayTueJun 21, 2022Jun 21National Selfie Day
    WednesdayWedJun 22, 2022Jun 22National Kissing Day
    TuesdayTueJul 12, 2022Jul 12Amazon Prime Day
    WednesdayWedJul 13, 2022Jul 13National French Fry Day
    ThursdayThuJul 14, 2022Jul 14National Nude Day
    SundaySunJul 17, 2022Jul 17National Ice Cream Day
    WednesdayWedJul 20, 2022Jul 20National Hot Dog Day
    SundaySunJul 24, 2022Jul 24National Tequila Day
    FridayFriJul 29, 2022Jul 29National Chicken Wings Day
    MondayMonAug 01, 2022Aug 01National Girlfriend Day
    SundaySunAug 07, 2022Aug 07National Sister Day
    SundaySunSep 18, 2022Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
    MondayMonOct 03, 2022Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
    TuesdayTueOct 04, 2022Oct 04National Taco Day
    TuesdayTueOct 04, 2022Oct 04National Vodka Day
    SundaySunOct 09, 2022Oct 09Leif Erikson Day
    SaturdaySatOct 15, 2022Oct 15Sweetest Day
    SaturdaySatOct 29, 2022Oct 29National Cat Day
    MondayMonOct 31, 2022Oct 31Halloween
    ThursdayThuNov 03, 2022Nov 03National Sandwich Day
    SundaySunNov 06, 2022Nov 06Daylight savings
    FridayFriNov 25, 2022Nov 25Black Friday
    MondayMonNov 28, 2022Nov 28Cyber Monday
    SaturdaySatDec 03, 2022Dec 03Candle Day
    FridayFriDec 09, 2022Dec 09National Pastry Day
    FridayFriDec 16, 2022Dec 16National Ugly Sweater day