27 May to 3 June is National Reconciliation Week – an important time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories and explore how we can each contribute to achieving reconciliation between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year’s theme, “In This Together,” resonates more than ever amid COVID-19, and serves as a timely reminder of how important uniting as a community is for both our resilience and journey to healing as a nation.
So, why is National Reconciliation Week important, and how can you get involved?
The Significance of National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week is bookended by the anniversaries of two important milestones in our reconciliation journey: the successful referendum where two parts of the Constitution that excluded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were amended (27th May 1967), and the High Court Mabo decision, which legally acknowledged First Nations people as traditional custodians of Australia for the first time (3rd June 1992).
These historic dates still hold significance today, reminding us of the impact we can have when we join together as one to stand up for what’s right.
2020 Campaign – In This Together
Dedicated to growing respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians, this year’s theme is centred around communities, organisations and individuals coming together in the spirit of reconciliation.
Each of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and by collectively working to build understanding and respect, we can create a brighter future with a society that truly values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, histories and cultures.
How Can You Get Involved?
Today, National Reconciliation Week is celebrated by organisations, education providers and individuals across the country, with hundreds of events taking place – big and small! From hosting a morning tea and participating in local events to promoting National Reconciliation Week on social media and attending live online debates, there are so many ways to be “In This Together.”
Looking to get involved but stuck for ideas? Click here for a full list of activities you can organise or take part in, and show your support by downloading a free poster, web banner or email signature.
Whether you’re engaging in honest conversations or relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together as one. In National Reconciliation Week 2020, we encourage all Australians to contribute to the national movement towards a unified future.
To find out more about National Reconciliation Week and the initiatives that are being carried out to reconcile Australia, visit the Reconciliation Australia website.