NRW 2022

Be Brave. Make Change.

Watch  Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell's  Acknowledgement of Country

This week marks an important event in Australia’s annual calendar.

The University of Melbourne celebrates National Reconciliation Week from Friday 27 May until Friday 3 June with a range of events and activities for students, staff and the wider community.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. The heart of this journey is about building relationships, respect and trust between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

The theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week ‘Be Brave. Make Change’ encourages bravery to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so that together we can make change for the benefit of all Australians.

See 2022 NRW events

We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part in collectively building relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for the University community to participate in a bespoke program developed to facilitate learning and understanding of the five aspects that contribute to meaningful reconciliation: historical acceptance, race relations, equity, institutional integrity and unity.

For reconciliation to be effective, it must involve truthful reflection of the past, ensuring the wrongs of the past are never repeated and actively addressing issues of inequality, systemic racism, and instances where the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are ignored, denied or reduced. Effective reconciliation also includes recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage as a proud part of our national identity.

Check out the list of University of Melbourne events being held to mark National Reconciliation Week, and those being held by our Reconciliation partners across the country.

And on Pursuit, read commentary from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics, including other University experts, that focus on Indigenous knowledge, issues, achievements and opportunities.

Download a Zoom background  
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Zoom background screen image, with yellow background, NRW branding and the words "University of Melbourne proudly supporting National Reconciliation Week"

To upload: while in a Zoom meeting, tap More in the controls. Tap Virtual Background. Tap the background you would like to apply or tap + to upload a new image. The background will be automatically applied.

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Email signature image, with yellow background, an animated child with a megaphone walking along, NRW branding with the words "Be Brave. Make Change." and words the University of Melbourne is proud to support National Reconciliation Week - check out whats happening on campus" and the URL

When uploading the image to your email signature, please link it to the University National Reconciliation Week events page. When updating your signature copy and paste the image, then select the world symbol on the right hand side of the edit signature bar and enter the URL:  https://www.unimelb.edu.au/reconciliation-week#bebrave