Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, today presented an Aboriginal flag and a book to students at Springside College, Caroline Springs to mark Reconciliation Week.

The theme for this year’s Reconciliation Week is, “It’s time to change it up!” and Ms Hutchins encouraged students to join in taking renewed action towards reconciliation in their community.

To share the journey towards reconciliation and ensure a better future, Ms Hutchins said we must all learn about Aboriginal culture and achievements, as well as our shared histories.

Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Ms Hutchins will also celebrate a number of events this weekend, commencing with the Wellbeing concert at Federation Square on Saturday 30 May followed by the Long Walk to the MCG, Dreamtime at the G, and the Aboriginal Shrine of Remembrance service on Sunday 31 May.

For information on Reconciliation Week events in Victoria visit: http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/calendar/

Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins

“Springside College’s motto of ‘Respect, Optimism, Responsibility and Excellence’ highlights the values we can all use in our journey towards reconciliation.”

“I encourage all Victorians to join in the theme of Reconciliation Week: “It’s time to change it up!” and take a renewed approach to reconciliation.”