Reconciliation is more than a word. Reconciliation takes action.
This year’s powerful theme around Reconciliation Week highlights the clear need for all Australian’s to do their part to move toward a truly reconciled country. Actions speak louder than words, and action is needed now.
Each year, Reconciliation Week begins on the 27th of May, on the anniversary of the successful 1967 Referendum. Many Indigenous people regard the 1967 Referendum as a symbolic turning point, revealing a widespread desire for Indigenous equality in Australia, with more than 90 per cent of Australians voting to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the census.
Reconciliation Week is a time for allies to acknowledge the trauma and injustices of the past and to find a better way forward. It’s a time to listen to and to amplify Indigenous voices, always being mindful as allies of prioritising those voices as you add yours. It is a time to gain knowledge, spread awareness and to start healthy discussions around where we have come from as a country and where we would like to go moving forward.
So what actions can we take to do our part to move toward a more united, better future? Change comes in all sizes, so start as big or as small as you like. Listen to the post below for some helpful tips, and be sure to check out the Reconciliation Australia website for more ways to get involved.
On this first day of Reconciliation Week, and every day, we acknowledge the Yugambeh and Kombumerri people, the traditional owners of this land on which we operate and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.