National Reconciliation Week: May 27th to June 3rd 2022

National Reconciliation Week: May 27th to June 3rd 2022

Be Brave. Make Change.

The theme for National Reconciliation Week in 2022 is ‘Be Brave. Make Change.’ This theme is a challenge to all Australians to be brave, and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliations so we can make change for the benefit of all Australia. S

Last year’s theme was to take action, and not just during Reconciliation Week, but every week of the year.

The reason for the selection of these dates is due to two very major events in Australian history. May 27th in 1967 saw Australia’s most successful referendum, with more than 90 percent of Australians voting to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and have them recognised in the Census.

The second event was happened on June 3rd of 1992, when the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, and recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands.

There are plenty of ways that you can be brave, and help fight injustices in our country this Reconciliation Week. While all of the advised actions you can take are listed at nrw.reconciliation.org.au, some of the easiest ways to make a change everyday are to: tell the truth on racism, learn your local history, be a brave ally, and support self-determination. There are a number of resources on each of these actions, again available at the Reconciliation Australia website.

This Reconciliation Week, why not try and learn ways that you can support and respect our First Nation’s Peoples here in Gladstone: the Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng and the Taribelang Bunda Nations.