CWA of WA State President, Elaine Johnson is proud to provide the following Acknowledgement of Country:
Reconcilation Week 2021 Theme: “More than a word. Reconciliation takes 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. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian Community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.
A Brief History
National Reconciliation week (NRW) started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first NRW. In 2000, Reconcilliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation. Today, NRW is celebrated by businesses, schools and early learning services, organisations, and individuals Australia-wide. .
The dates for NRW remain the same each year: 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
20 Actions for Reconcilation in 2021 (taken from Reconcilation Australia website)
The goal of the reconciliation movement is for a just, equitable and reconciled country. This will only be achieved when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Peoples of this land, are able to equally contribute to daily life of the nation. Until this happens, Australia will not reach its full potential.
We need more people speaking up, asking the hard questions and taking action during and beyond National Reconciliation Week. To help you, we have compiled 20 actions for reconciliation.
If you are hesitant to challenge some of the long-held but incorrect ideas in your community, be assured that across this country many people just like you are joining First Nations peoples in this effort.
This National Reconciliation Week, make reconciliation more than a word. Move from safe to brave on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.