It’s Reconciliation Week 2021! National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June every year.
So, what does Reconciliation Week mean? 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. The dates on which NRW is held each year commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey: the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision.
Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021 is ‘More than a word’. According to Reconciliation Australia, reconciliation takes action. This year, we are being urged towards braver and more impactful actions.
On that note, read on for five actions you and your families can consider taking this year! These actions are all recommended by Reconciliation Australia. Remember, each step you take contributes to greater change.
Ready, set? Let’s go…
- Inform yourself
How informed are you and your family about the experience and perspectives of First Nations people… really? A great (and very simple) way to change this is simply to think about what content you are consuming – and then add something new to your reading list!
Inform yourself with content and news that is produced and created by First Nations people. Some outlets to check out: NITV, Koori Mail, National Indigenous Times, IndigenousX or ABC Indigenous. You can also find your local broadcaster via First Mations Media.
2. Help inform the next generation
Reconciliation is important within our education system. See all the ways you can help your school or early learning service learn about teaching and learning about reconciliation. Two great websites to visit to start this process are Narragunnawali and Learn our Truth.
3. Make your spaces culturally safe
Is your school or workplace a welcoming and safe place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples don’t always feel safe or welcomed in some places. It’s helpful to think about this, and then learn some strategies for improving the cultural safety in your space.
4. Buy from First Nations businesses
How often do you think about where your purchases are coming from? This is something we can all try to be more aware of! It’s important to purchase Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander art or products only from Indigenous-owned businesses. As a start, you can simply click ‘follow’ to support businesses like @TradingBlak.
5. Acknowledge Country
Do you or your workplace or school include an Acknowledgement of Country when holding a meeting or event? This practice shows that you accept and understand that no matter where you are across Australia, you are on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands. So, know whose Country you are on – you can find this on the AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia – and acknowledge it.
Are you feeling inspired to play your part, however big or small, in Australia’s reconciliation journey? For more information and 15 more actions to take, visit Reconciliation Australia’s helpful page here.