National Reconciliation Week 2020

Published on 29 May 2020

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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.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To honour NRW, Maribyrnong Libraries is dedicating the week’s Story Time At Home videos to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. Watch the first video below, and subscribe to the YouTube channel to see more videos posted during NRW.

Braybrook Library holds a collection of items relating to Australia's indigenous peoples and culture. The Indigenous Collection includes recently published books as well as historical texts. We have a large collection of children's stories, biographies, art books and DVDs. All items are available for loan, and during the library closures you can have the items delivered as part of our Reservation Delivery Service.

Further reading:

CHILDREN & YOUTH

  • Welcome to Country Youth Edition: An Introduction To Our First Peoples For Young Australians by Marcia Langton. Available in print here.
  • Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe. Available in print here.
  • My Kind by Eddie Betts. Available in print here.
  • My People by Eddie Betts. Available in print here.
  • Respect by Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson; illustrated by Lisa Kennedy. Available in print here.

ADULTS

  • Tell Me Why: The Story Of My Life and Music by Archie Roach (winner of the 2020 Indie Book of the Year Non-Fiction). Available in print here, eBook here, and eAudiobook here.
  • The White Girl by Tony Birch (Miles Franklin Longlist 2020). Available in print here, and eBook here.
  • The Yield by Tara June Winch (winner of Book of the Year at the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards). Available in print here, eBook here, eAudiobook here, and CD here.
  • Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe (winner of Book of the Year at the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards). Available in print here, eBook here and here, and eAudiobook here.
  • Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkaporta (winner of Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year, at the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards). Available in print here, and eBook here and here.
  • Growing up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss (winner of Small Publisher Adult Book of the Year at the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards. Available in print here, eBook here and here, and CD here.
  • Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia by Steffensen Victor. Available in print here, and eBook here.
  • Kulinmaya! Keep Listening, Everybody! by Mumu Mike Williams. Available in print here, and eBook here.