Reconciliation Week 2020


 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this webpage may contain images or names of people who have passed away.

 

 

Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to acknowledge and recognise the members of the Stolen Generations.

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what is reconciliation?

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australia’s colonial history is characterised by devastating land dispossession, violence, and racism. Over the last half-century, however, many significant steps towards reconciliation have been taken.

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.

In a just, equitable and reconciled Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will have the same life chances and choices as non-Indigenous children, and the length and quality of a person’s life will not be determined by their racial background.

 

The Five Dimensions of Reconciliation

 

5 dimensions of reconciliation

Read what Reconcilliation Australia tells us about the 5 Dimensions of Reconcilliation


Race Relations

All Australians understand and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous cultures, rights and experiences, which results in stronger relationships based on trust and respect and that are free of racism. 

Equality and Equity

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participate equally in a range of life opportunities and the unique rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised and upheld.

Unity

An Australian society that values and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage as a proud part of a shared national identity.

Institutional Integrity

The active support of reconciliation by the nation’s political, business and community structures.

Historical Acceptance

All Australians understand and accept that wrongs of the past and the impact of these wrongs. Australia makes amends for the wrongs of the past and ensures these wrongs are never repeated.

Source: Reconciliation Australia, 2016