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National Reconciliation Week

nrw_main_stack4x.png“Don’t keep history a mystery”

Show your support and organise a Chapter activity

National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May to 3 June. The dates that bookend the week mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of us all as we move forward, creating a nation  strengthened by respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Australians from other cultural backgrounds.

During National Reconciliation Week, Chapters are asked to demonstrate our union’s support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culture and communities by organising Chapter activities to mark the week.

History of Reconciliation

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous People) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities.

In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first ‘National Reconciliation Week’. In 2000, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation. In the same year, approximately 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of NRW, showing support for the reconciliation process.

Today NRW is celebrated by communities, businesses and individuals at thousands of events across Australia.

Don’t keep history a mystery

The theme for NRW 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery. This year, Reconciliation Australia invites Australians to Learn, Share, and Grow – by exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.

Our union’s commitment to reconciliation

As part of our union’s own commitment to reconciliation, the IEUA-QNT Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was approved in 2016 and is being implemented.

Chapter action

Chapters are asked to demonstrate our union’s support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culture and communities by marking National Reconciliation Week through activities such as:

  • holding a celebratory event (e.g. a morning tea or school assembly) to be attended by school staff/students in the week of 27 May - 3 June 2018;
  • supporting and encouraging attendance of staff/students at local National Reconciliation Week events;
  • providing a photo of Chapter celebrations for inclusion in the Independent Voice and our union’s online communications (photos can be emailed to communications@qieu.asn.au); and
  • members should also consider joining our union’s Yarning Circle or Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (Contact Adele Schmidt aschmidt@qieu.asn.au).