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Published on 28 May 2012

28 May 2012

The University of the Sunshine Coast will mark National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) by holding a special ceremony on Tuesday 29 May.

About 100 guests are expected at the University’s Innovation Centre auditorium for the launch of USC’s new Reconciliation Action Plan 2012-2014 between 9am and noon.

Keynote speaker will be Debra Bennet, the Director of Indigenous Programs at Relationships Australia. Other speakers will include local Gubbi Gubbi man Lyndon Davis and USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill.

USC’s Indigenous Services Acting Head Brendan Powell said the Reconciliation Action Plan aimed to help ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoyed the same life opportunities as other Australians in a society which values equality, diversity and the contributions of all.

“Our University is committed to the process of national reconciliation and will work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop real opportunities to improve social and economic outcomes,” he said.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June.

The Reconciliation Australia website says the dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The 1967 referendum saw more than 90 percent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to recognise them in the national census.

— Terry Walsh

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