National RECONCILIATION WEEK

Wednesday 27 May - Wednesday 3 June 2020

What is reconciliation?

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. In this together, the theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020, encourages all Australians to reflect on the part they play – whether big or small – on our journey towards reconciliation.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australia’s colonial history is marked by significant loss of Country, culture, and family. Over the last half-century, however, many significant steps towards reconciliation have been taken. Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains require ongoing effort.

Reconciliation Week can be a difficult time for some of us, and many of the topics discussed can be distressing. If you are finding this week challenging, you can find a list of support services here.

"... A reconciled Australia is one where our rights as First Australians are not just respected but championed in all the places that matter...”

— Kirstie Parker, Board Member of Reconciliation Australia

WATCH: Reconciliation film Club Screenings

Host a free Reconciliation Film Club documentary to bring people together and develop a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, histories and cultures.

DANCE IT TOGETHER: DEADLY MUSOS LIVE

Busby Marou plus more.

An hour of listening and dancing along to a crew of deadly musos.

Details coming soon!

art TOUR: all mixed up


John Prince Siddon's art combines diverse influences drawn from television, the traditional Kimberley craft of boab nut carving, desert iconography and the epic characters of the Narrangkarni.

learn: Something's not right

Why are so many Indigenous Australians experiencing disadvantage and injustice?

Find out more about the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma, and the historical impact of colonisation.

Listen: Dorinda Cox

"The deficit model that’s been built around race relations particularly here in colonial process in Australia, I think has been the reason why we find it so difficult to have the same starting point as other women."

Play: Noongar words

Learn the language spoken on Noongar Boodja for generations! Play Noongar Bird Bingo, or search word sleuths for Noongar nouns and Noongar clans.

Listen: Ingrid Cumming

A TEDx Perth talk by Ingrid Cumming, a Whadjuk Nyungar from Perth. Ingrid has grown up in two worlds, the indigenous and non indigenous Australia.

Learn: slavery in Australia

The dark history of forced labour is slowly becoming a national conversation, with people sharing their first-hand, human experiences of indentured service.


Reconciliation Week can be a difficult time for some of us, and many of the topics discussed can be distressing. If you are finding this week challenging, you can find a list of support services here.



Support Services

If needed, here are a few support services to help you, your friends and family during this time...

Beyond Blue | Headspace | Anxiety Self Care

ACT-BELONG-COMMIT

Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health. We encourage everyone to Act, Belong and Commit.

For more on Act-Belong-Commit, check out their website.

We're proud to work with Healthway to promote the Act-Belong-Commit message through our Community Strengthening Program. Our many thanks to the Government of Western Australia, Healthway and Act-Belong-Commit for helping keep our community happy, healthy and connected.