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Poster for National Reconciliation Action Week 2024, Now More than Ever, 27 May – 3 June.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

22/05/24 News

Held every year from 27 May to 3 June, National Reconciliation Week holds profound significance in our nation's journey towards reconciliation. Australians come together to learn and reflect on their roles for achieving reconciliation.

National Reconciliation Week theme 2024 – Now More than Ever

The National Reconciliation Week theme for 2024, 'Now More Than Ever', is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples will —and must —continue. Reconciliation supporters must stand up to defend and uphold the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. To call out racism wherever we encounter it, and to actively reinforce the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across this continent.

Now more than ever, the work continues. In treaty making, in truth-telling, in understanding our history, in education, and in tackling racism. We need connection. We need respect. We need action. And we need change.  'Now More Than Ever' isn't a passive statement. It compels us to act, to bridge divides, and to work towards a future where reconciliation is a lived reality.

Now more than ever, we need reconciliation.

Significant Dates in Australia’s Reconciliation Journey.

27 May and 3 June, commemorate two landmark events in Australian history that hold great significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. These dates mark major steps towards recognising the rights and contributions First Nations Peoples have made to the nation.

  • 27 May: This date marks the anniversary of the successful 1967 referendum. On this day, Australians voted to amend the Constitution, removing discriminatory clauses against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This was a pivotal moment towards equality.
  • 3 June: This date marks the historic Mabo decision of 1992. In this landmark case, the High Court of Australia recognised native title. This decision acknowledged the prior and ongoing rights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have over their traditional lands, before and after colonisation.
  • 26 May: The day before National Reconciliation Week, 26 May marks National Sorry Day. First held in 1998, this day serves as a national moment of reflection to remember and honour the Stolen Generations. A period which saw the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.

By acknowledging these significant dates, we can create a deeper understanding of Australia's shared history and the importance of reconciliation.

What can I do to get involved?

National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for organisations, schools, universities, community groups and workplaces to advance understanding of reconciliation within their lives.

Ways people can get involved:

  • Deepen reconciliation efforts: This week provides a focused time to advance your organisation's or your own personal commitment to reconciliation. Explore resources and plan initiatives that will build understanding within your community.
  • Discover events: Explore the range of events happening across the country. These events offer valuable opportunities to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the ongoing journey of reconciliation.
  • Plan your own event: Feeling inspired? Why not organise your own event to raise awareness within your community, school or workplace?
  • Reflect and learn: It's also a time for personal reflection. Take time to learn about the rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Consider the role you can play – whether it's starting conversations with your family and friends or deepening your own knowledge.

Beyond National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation is a continuous process, and every action counts.

The work towards a reconciled Australia doesn't end with National Reconciliation Week. True reconciliation is an ongoing process that requires commitment throughout the year. Here are some ways you can support and learn about reconciliation:

  • Acknowledge traditional owners: Learn about the traditional owners of the land and pay your respects. Resources like the AIATSIS map can guide you. Share this knowledge with your friends and family, or even on social media to raise awareness.
  • Learn and educate yourself: Dive deeper into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. Try visiting your local library or browsing online resources. Your local council will be able to give you information on your nearest library, or alternatively you can find resources on your relevant state library website.
  • Support Indigenous businesses: Seek out products and services from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Directories, such as Supply Nation can help you find them online.
  • Celebrate the culture: Immerse yourself in the rich history of Indigenous cultures. Attend events, watch films, and listen to music created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Visit SBS online to discover a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entertainment and news, including the SBS Reconciliation Film Club List.

Reconciliation is a journey of understanding, respect, and building relationships. By taking these steps throughout the year, we can all contribute to a more just and equitable Australia.

Visit Reconciliation Australia's website for ongoing resources and guidance to stay involved throughout the year.

Workskil Australia’s Reconciliation in Action

We're proud of the progress we've made so far, and our current Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) - Innovate - outlines our vision and the steps we're taking to improve employment, health, and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

You can learn more about our RAP here.

Workskil Australia supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

We actively support and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers everyday to help them achieve their training and employment goals. We offer tailored services, with dedicated Indigenous Employment Mentors as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exclusive pre-employment programs and training. To find out more about our support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ click below.

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