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Reconciliation Week

Held annually from 27 May - 3 June

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

More than a word. Reconciliation takes action

The 2021 National Reconciliation Week theme, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

With recent events including Black Lives Matter and Invasion Day rallies, we're seeing that people understand the truth and are speaking up about the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme this year aims to encourage people across our nation, to turn their awareness and understanding into action!

What's on in 2021

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, and newly imposed lockdown restrictions in Victoria, we're sad to announce that our Reconciliation Week events and activities will be cancelled this year.

  • Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony - Clayton Campus

    Reconciliation Week at Monash University will be marked by a Welcome to Country and performance by the Deadly Wala Connections. Observe National Reconciliation Week by attending our smoking followed by morning tea.

    Thursday 27 May
    Aboriginal Gardens, Clayton

  • Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony - Caulfield Campus

    Reconciliation Week at Monash University will be marked by a Welcome to Country and performance by the Deadly Wala Connections. Guests will  be provided with light refreshments.

  • Aboriginal Gardens walking tour

    Taste, smell and discover plants within the Aboriginal Gardens previously used by Indigenous communities for food, tools and medicine. Bring your lunch and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

  • Cultural Awareness Training for PhD students

    Learn the history of Indigenous peoples and explore the internal workings of the traditional society of the longest continuing culture on earth. Participants will understand more on societal perceptions and misconceptions and while being able to identify opportunities on how to embed Indigenous
    Cultural principles in their responsibilities.

  • Matheson Special Collections (Protests and Truth Tellings)

    Visit the Matheson Library's collection of First Nations artefacts and artworks, and learn how Truth Telling can help to pave the way towards reconciliation.

  • Special Collections tour

    Join us at the Matheson Library for a short tour through these two displays, delivered by Anne Holloway, our Special Collections Manager.

  • Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) tour

    We'll be running a 30-45 minute tour of Indigenous artwork in the Matheson Library, delivered by Franics Parker, Curator – Exhibitions at MUMA.

  • A special screening of First Australians

    We are hosting 3 x screenings of "First Australians - A fair deal for a black race" on the following dates at 12.30pm:

  • Aboriginal artwork tour

    We're hosting a special Indigenous artwork tour of the Chancellery, led by Charlotte Day. This will be followed by a morning tea hosted by Professor Jacinta Elston.

  • Aboriginal artwork tours

    We're hosting 2 x special Indigenous artwork tours of the Chancellery, led by Charlotte Day.

  • FUN Committee afternoon tea

    Education Portfolio staff are invited to come together for an afternoon tea in the William Cooper Institute. We'll explore the actions that we can all take to be a part of Reconciliation Takes Action. A staff email with further details will circulate prior to the event.

  • Film screening: In my blood it runs

    All staff are welcome to view a special film screening of 'In my blood it runs', hosted by the Faculty of Education.

Get involved. Take action

Each year we encourage all Monash campuses, faculties and divisions to embrace National Reconciliation Week and consider hosting events or activities that promote Monash as a champion of reconciliation.

Contact us

For more information you can contact the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), Strategy and Engagement Team:


Phone: 03 9902 4972