This week is National Reconciliation Week (NRW). I am sure that you would have heard a bit about that in the news or in classroom discussions, but I thought I would share some information from an excellent organisation called ‘Australians Together’ in order for us all to take some steps towards reconciliation.
National Reconciliation Week is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Indigenous people and other Australians. It happens every year from 27th May – 3rd June. These dates commemorate two historic milestones: the 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision.
NRW is an initiative of Reconciliation Australia, an independent not-for-profit organisation which promotes and facilitates reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NRW evolved out of The Week of Prayer for Reconciliation, which was established by faith communities in1993 and continues to receive strong support.
Check out this short clip to learn some more:
What does NRW have to do with me?
If you think NRW is just for Indigenous Australians, think again. If you call this nation home, NRW is an important time for you!
As people living in this nation, we’re all connected. We’re connected by the land we live on, the history that’s occurred here and the shared society we live in. Unfortunately, our society today shows devastating disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians as a result of our shared history. However, we’re all in this story together, which means we each have the opportunity to be part of creating a better future.
Checking out the ‘Australians Together’ website, watching some of the videos and listening to the stories is a great first step.
There are a number of reconciliation events around the country, but remember, reconciliation is not a ‘one stop shop’ or one off event – it’s an ongoing process. Keep listening and learning and seeking better ways to live together here.