National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June. This year’s theme, ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, implores people to get involved with the reconciliation movement, and urges the movement towards braver and more impactful action. National Reconciliation Week 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.
Reconciliation is an effort for all Australians – it is a journey in which individuals, families, communities, and organisations must come together as a nation to build and strengthen the relationships between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community. In playing our part, we can collectively build and nourish communities and relationships that value the people, histories, cultures, and futures of First Nations Australians.
A great first step towards playing your role in reconciliation is to find out whose Country you are on. You can learn the name of the Country you live on by using this map, built by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Australia Post supports the inclusion of Traditional Place names as part of their mail addressing guidelines.
Mail Addressing Guidelines: https://auspost.com.au/sending/check-sending-guidelines/addressing-guidelines
You can learn about the differences between an Acknowledgement of Country and a Welcome to Country here: www.reconciliation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Welcome-to-and-Acknowledgement-of-Country.pdf
To keep you going, here are 20 Actions for Reconciliation in 2021: www.nrw.reconciliation.org.au/actions-for-reconciliation
Please remember the importance of privileging and amplifying the voices of First Nations Australians as you add your voice to the calls for reconciliation and justice.