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Queensland Government media release

A new chapter has been penned in Queensland’s reconciliation story to kick-start this year’s National Reconciliation Week which runs from 27 May to 3 June. 

Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad launched the Queensland Government Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2021 with Elders, community and peak reconciliation bodies at the State Library of Queensland’s Maiwar Green.

“Our Reconciliation Action Plan is the Palaszczuk Government’s collaborative, living and breathing commitment towards Closing the Gap,” Ms Trad said.

“It will be delivered in partnership with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, service providers, peak bodies and industry leaders including Reconciliation Australia and Reconciliation Queensland Incorporated.

“The plan acknowledges historic injustices as part of healing in the spirit of reconciliation.  

“National Reconciliation Week is a national campaign each year from 27 May to 3 June that commemorates two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey—the successful 1967 referendum and the 1992 High Court Mabo decision.

“It’s a very important week and shines a spotlight on the nation’s reconciliation progress, however the Queensland Government recognises that reconciliation requires an ongoing commitment 365 days a year, every year.

“To mark this important week key infrastructure and public spaces in Brisbane including the Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge and Reddacliff Place will be lit up as part of a joint initiative with Brisbane City Council.”

Reconciliation Australia Chief Executive Officer Karen Mundine said the Reconciliation Action Plan was a vital driver for meaningful social change through strong relationships and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

“The Queensland Government’s Reconciliation Action Plan signals a genuine commitment by all government departments to play a role in reconciliation by influencing long-term change and embedding reconciliation initiatives to become their ‘business as usual,” Ms Mundine said.

“Positive flow on effects from genuine uptake of this plan are significant, and can lead to stronger families, communities, and cultures, better health and education outcomes, increased employment and more business opportunities for First Nations people,” she said.

The Queensland Government Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2021 is available at www.datsip.qld.gov.au/rap.

This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week – Don’t Keep History a Mystery – encourages everyone to join the reconciliation journey through improving knowledge and understanding of our shared history.

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