Be Brave. Make Change this Reconciliation Week

As National Reconciliation Week begins, the ACT Government is encouraging Canberrans to Be Brave. Make Change and tackle the ongoing business of Reconciliation.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Rachel Stephen-Smith said this year’s theme challenges us all to think about how we can contribute to this vital journey.

“Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples for the benefit of all Australians.

“Importantly, we are encouraged to go out and make it happen,” Minister Stephen-Smith said.

ACT Reconciliation Council Co-Chair Selina Walker said: “Reconciliation is a human rights movement and we need people to join our movement and continue making a difference.”

Reconciliation Week runs each year from 27 May to 3 June and is a time to learn about the shared histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The ACT Government is committed to promoting and supporting the Reconciliation journey, and the ACT is the first and only Australian jurisdiction to dedicate a public holiday to Reconciliation (this year on Monday 30 May).

This Reconciliation Day, all Canberrans are invited to a free, family event at the National Arboretum. The event will showcase the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through arts and craft workshops, fantastic food, panel discussions and performances. There will be an opportunity to learn about and participate in the journey of Reconciliation.

Ms Walker said: “Reconciliation Day is an important opportunity for all Canberrans to ‘stop and think’ about Reconciliation.”

Minister Stephen-Smith said the ACT Reconciliation Council, established by the ACT Government, encourages community conversations about the importance of Reconciliation throughout the year.

“Expressions of interest are currently open for Council members until 14 June, and I encourage those who are passionate about Reconciliation to consider applying.

“I also want to thank outgoing Co-Chair, Dr Chris Bourke, who was the driving force behind the establishment of Reconciliation Day and has led the Council since its establishment.”

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