How can you be involved in Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to come together and learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

NRW runs from 27 May to 3 June each year to commemorate two significant milestones – the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

This year’s theme – In This Together – encourages all Australians to reflect on the part they play – whether big or small – on our journey towards reconciliation. The theme resonates even more given recent events, and it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all in this together.

How can you be involved in Reconciliation Week in Queensland?

Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing rules, events have been restricted. However, there are still ways you can be involved in Reconciliation Week from home.

Reconciliation Australia recommends the following ways to celebrate:

Host a film screening

Screening a film from Reconciliation Film Club (RFC) is an opportunity to bring people together to develop a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, histories and cultures, to ignite conversation and spark change. It’s also a platform to engage staff in your organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

There are a number of films in the library to choose from. Once you have decided which film you would like to screen, use this form to contact the rights holder to obtain a copy of the film.

Share your virtual Acknowledgement of Country

Be part of National Reconciliation Week’s virtual Acknowledgement of Country by writing or recording your Acknowledgement and posting to its Facebook page on Wednesday 27 May, at 12:00pm.

To learn more about the Country you stand on, see the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia for a guide to the Traditional Owners throughout Australia.

Tune in to a live discussion

Larissa Behrendt with Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP will host a panel to discuss: Reconciliation Bridge Walks of 2000: Paving the path for Reconciliation. The Facebook Live event will start on Thursday 28 May, at 12:00pm. Panel members include Hon Linda Burney MP, Reconciliation Australia CEO Karin Mundine, and University of Wollongong Lecturer Summer May Finlay.

For more information about the event visit the Reconciliation Australia website.

Listen to live music

In Concert Together: Deadly Musos Live in Concert will feature Busby Marou, Alice Skye and Jimblah on Friday 29 May, from 9:00pm. The concert will be hosted by Christine Anu on her National Evenings show on ABC Radio, and on both the ABC and Reconciliation Australia Facebook pages.

There are a number of other ways you can be involved according to this list by Reconciliation Australia. If you want to host your own celebration you can also access free resources, including logos, web banners and posters here.

The Queensland Government is also working on several initiatives as an act of reconciliation:

– The Queensland Government Reconciliation Action Plan outlines government’s commitment to responsive policy development and the delivery of programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

– The successful recipients under the 2020 Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants Program have now been announced. The grants encourage all Queenslanders to participate in local reconciliation events in or around National Reconciliation Week.

– The Queensland Reconciliation Awards winners will be announced during Reconciliation Week, recognising businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships that are taking positive steps towards reconciliation across Queensland.

If you are in the capital city during the week, Brisbane City Council will light up major landmarks, including the Story and Victoria Bridges, in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.