“National Reconciliation Week 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.” – Reconciliation Australia
The dates for National Reconciliation Week remain the same each year: 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision, two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.
The theme for 2020 is ‘In this together‘, reminding us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation we are all #InThisTogether.
2020 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when people came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation and show their support for a more reconciled Australia.
Say Yes: A Story of Friendship Fairness and a Vote for Hope
Say Yes: A Story of Friendship Fairness and a Vote for Hope is a powerful children’s book about the landmark 1967 Referendum. The story centres around two little girls and the Constitutional restrictions imposed on Australian Aboriginal people. Told from the perspective of these two best friends, it helps to explain what this historic referendum meant to Australian society.
Celebrate National Reconciliation Week and help your students understand why the 1967 Australian Referendum was so important by focusing on this beautifully illustrated book in your class this week.
Read it together with your students and then demonstrate how it follows the basic story structure with the Seven Steps Story Graph.
Seven Steps Online Members Get More!
Seven Steps Online Members have access to over 50 texts plotted on the Seven Steps Story Graph including Books with Aboriginal and Indigenous Themes such as:
Big Rain Coming – Katrina Germein
Collecting Colour – Kylie Dunstan
Crow and the Waterhole – Ambelin Kwaymullina
My Country – Ezekiel Kwaymullina & Sally Morgan
Nanberry: Black Brother White – Jackie French
Stories for Simon – Lisa Miranda Sarzin & Lauren Briggs
Ubby’s Underdogs: Heroes Beginnings – Brenton E McKenna
When I Was Little, Like You – Mary Malbunka
Sign up for a free 10-day trial and get access to all Step 2: Sizzling Starts resources including lesson plans, Action Activities and theory videos or purchase a subscription today and access over 200 classroom resources for all Seven Steps covering narrative, persuasive and informative text types.