Wednesday 27 May – Wednesday 3 June

‘All in this together’

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

We strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another.

On this journey, Australians are all In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

When we come together to build mutual respect and understanding, we shape a better future for all Australians.

This year Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of operations in shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution.

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. As always, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and Australians now benefit from the efforts and contributions of people committed to reconciliation in the past. Today we work together to further that national journey towards a fully reconciled country.

Throughout this time we have also learnt how to reset relationships based on respect. While much has been achieved, there is still more work to be done and this year is the ideal anniversary to reflect on how far we have come while setting new directions for the future.

What can you do?

Plan events that celebrate and build on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians and that show how non-Aboriginal Australians can be active supporters of reconciliation.  Some examples of events or activities you could plan for your community include:

– Public forums on Reconciliation (e.g. at the Town Hall or local library);

– Aboriginal heritage walks and cultural tours;

– Film screenings, festivals, concerts, poetry or book readings;

– Exhibitions, talks or performances by local Aboriginal artists, musicians, craftspeople or businesses.

– Supporting the permanent display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags or banners where they haven’t been before for example the Sydney Harbour Bridge;

– Reconciliation Breakfasts or festivals featuring Indigenous cuisine;

– Dreamtime story-telling and displays in local schools, libraries, council offices or public spaces;

Or you could support activities within local schools such as arranging guest speakers or workshops, or support an Aboriginal flag raising, an art competition or display.

How can Reconciliation NSW help?

Local Reconciliation Groups can request small amounts of funds.

Reconciliation NSW is offering our network of LRG’s a small amount of funding to assist with the planning of events to celebrate National Reconciliation Week.

We encourage LRG’s in partnership with local Aboriginal groups or organisations, to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and engage your entire community.

There is limited funding available (up to $500) per LRG. To apply for funding download our funding request template or contact the office on 8095 9600 or email info@reconciliationnsw.org.au and check our website for updates.

Add your event to the National Reconciliation Week Event listing hosted by Reconciliation Australia

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