Wednesday 27 May – Wednesday 3 June
‘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.
Bridge Walk 2000 photo credit: Jenny Templin
What can you do?
This year join us on social media. Reconciliation NSW will be hosting a Twitter festival, online poetry readings, a Welcome To Country and an Acknowledgement of Country. We will share stories about walking on the Bridge in 2020 and a reconciliation retrospective celebrating achievements over the past 20 years and looking towards a reconciled future. Find out more about reconciliation nation-wide as we link to the Australian Reconciliation Network and all the states and territories online events and activities. Online NRW Event Calendar.
Make a video clip, tell us about your bridge walk or what you think about reconciliation.
Find out more here
#InThisTogether2020 # NRW2020 #RECNSW2020
You too can plan online 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 online forums on Reconciliation
– Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural tours; Many national cultural and art institutions have online tours and exhibitions; See this beautiful interview with Gail Mabo about her artwork TAGAI at the AGNSW.
Find out more about the First Australians stories and the Endeavour Journey at the National Museum of Australia.
– Film screenings, festivals, concerts, poetry or book readings online; Book a screening for The Final Quarter, In my Blood it Runs or The Australian Dream. All these films are free as part of the NRW Indigenous Film Festival – Fanforce TV
– Consider engaging with Reconciliation Australia and SBS/NITV’s Reconciliation Film Club initiative, or tune in to NITV during NRW to watch a diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused programs.
– Read some Poetry in First Languages at Red Room Poetry
– Check out TED, YouTube talks and performances by local Aboriginal artists, musicians, craftspeople or businesses.
– Support the permanent display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags or banners where they haven’t been before for example the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
– Activities for kids this National Reconciliation Week
Our partners at Lendlease have shared these drawings for kids to colour by Kaanju artist Emma Hollingsworth.