National Reconciliation Week 2023

27 May 2023

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2023 is ‘Be a Voice for Generations’, aligning with the referendum on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament planned for later this year.

This is a reminder of the work still to be done by all Australians to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation and strive for a society that is fair and inclusive for all Australians. It is also a time for all who call Australia home to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The ANU Library has a significant collection of resources by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We also have a range of resources you can browse online, including:


We have access to an extensive and authoritative collection of e-books through the ProQuest Australian Indigenous Collection, which spans a broad and diverse range of subject areas, including arts, education, health, science, medicine, history, social science, language, linguistics, law, and religion, as well as a selection of adult and juvenile fiction.


AIATSIS videos

We have a series of videos from Ronin Films from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) collection. Browse the collection in our online catalogue.


Australian Indigenous Studies guide

ANU Library staff have developed an online guide which provides an introduction to the scholarly resources available from the Library about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, and cultures.


ANU Repository

The Open Research repository has a wide range of relevant resources by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

You can browse the entire repository, or search specific collections including:


ANU Press

You can also find a collection of books and journals by ANU academics on matters relating to Indigenous Australians through ANU Press.


ANU Archives

The ANU Archives holds records from selected pastoral stations that may be helpful for Aboriginal family history researchers. They have also just released a new guide to help researchers find information about Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in collections at the ANU Archives including the Noel Butlin Archives Centre and the University Archives.


Find out more

To find out more about National Reconciliation Week, and see what events are being held around Australia, visit the Reconciliation Australia website. You can also do the same for the upcoming NAIDOC Week.


ANU will be hosting a number of events and activities across campus for National Reconciliation Week. There will be a diverse program of events and a showcase of some stories from the ANU community. You can view the full program and stories on the ANU News webpage.