National Reconciliation Week – In this together

National Reconciliation Week 2020 is an invitation to all Australians to celebrate and deepen the bonds with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said it was an opportunity for our local community to think about what reconciliation meant to them and what practical steps they could take to build trust, mutual respect and opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

“The week commences May 27, marking the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and concludes with the anniversary of the High Court’s Mabo decision on June 3 – both significant milestones in our shared history that had profound impacts on our nation,” Mr Vasta said.

“I also encourage all Australians to take part in the National Acknowledgement of Country at midday today when we join Indigenous Australians across the nation and post a video of an acknowledgement of the country you are on with the hashtags #InThisTogether2020 and #NRW2020.

“An Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity for anyone to show respect for our Traditional Owners.

“Our community is on Quandamooka land and residents can find out more about the land they are on, plus how to conduct an appropriate Acknowledgement of Country at the National Reconciliation website.”

Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt AM MP said each year, National Reconciliation Week draws attention to the ongoing efforts to walk together with a shared purpose, and to build a stronger future for all Australians.

“This year’s theme, In This Together, resonates in new ways in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and reminds us we all share this land and rely on each other to build a better future,” Minister Wyatt said.

“While we are unfortunately not able to celebrate with gatherings this year due to COVID-19, there are many events happening online that people can get involved with.

“From film screenings and book recommendations to panel discussions and streamed concerts, there are opportunities for people to learn about our history, engage with Indigenous culture and reflect on what it means to be in this together.”

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