National Reconciliation Week 2019

March 27, 2019

Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage

Monday 27 May – Monday 3 June

Thank you to the tens of thousands of you who again participated in the 200 plus events and activities around Victoria during NRW2019.  There is no doubt that the number of people participating grows every year, as does the event quality and level of meaningful engagement with the theme. At the many events we attended we were inspired by the willingness to undertake courageous conversations and the commitment to take action to improve relationships and support self-determination.

It was particularly heartening to see such a geographical spread of activities, with events taking place from Warrnambool to Robinvale, and from Drouin to Wodonga.  Read more about NRW2019 on our website.

NRW 2019 is a key activity in the Reconciliation Movement’s strategy to support Australians in making progress on the Five Dimensions required to achieve reconciliation. Each year the theme engages with one of the Five Dimensions, and the theme this year will focus on building positive race relations. Find out more about Reconciliation Australia’s Five Dimensions.

To foster positive race relations, the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community must be grounded in truth. Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.

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;

– 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.

Learn more about National Reconciliation Week here.

Last Updated: June 20, 2019 at 11:04 am