National Reconciliation Week

9 May 2019 | General Interest

National Reconciliation Week will be held between the 27th of May and 3rd of June this year. The dates have major significance, reflecting the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The line “don’t keep history a mystery” encourages the events and gatherings of the week to highlight stories from both side of the spectrum to help educate and encourage the discussion of equality in Australia.

“To foster positive race relations, the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community must be grounded in truth. Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or in learning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.”

VAEAI President Geraldine Atkinson will be speaking at a Reconciliation Symposium on May 1—11 discussing the advancing reconciliation in early childhood education and care.

The panel Adam Duncan (Wiradjuri Preschool & Child Care Centre), Kim Knersch (Wyndham City Council) and Sara Richardson (Early Childhood Australia) will explore the role educators play in achieving real change.

If you are interested in personally contributing to National Reconciliation week, the initiative provides a great opportunity for communities, mobs and families to explore the past, learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and share the knowledge with others.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated by communities, businesses and individuals at thousands of events across Australia and they are encouraging you to get involved with your own NRW event.