All South Australians are being encouraged to take part in National Reconciliation Week events across the state, to strengthen the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the broader community.
The theme for the week, which runs from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June, is ‘Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage’.
Premier Steven Marshall said National Reconciliation Week gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate the world’s oldest living culture.
“This week is about bringing people together from all backgrounds, recognising the challenges and opportunities of our Aboriginal people and working together for a more unified future,” said Premier Marshall.
“This year’s theme underlines the importance of walking together with courage and sharing our stories, which builds stronger relationships and forges genuine partnerships.
“South Australian Aboriginal people have demonstrated courage in the face of hardship, adversity and injustice, and my Government is committed to meaningful Reconciliation that genuinely advances the interests of Aboriginal people.”
“Through our Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Action Plan, we are working with Aboriginal community leaders and people from across the state, to deliver positive and practical on-the-ground outcomes through 32 specific initiatives over the next two years.
“This will create more opportunities for Aboriginal employment, pave the way for the establishment of more Aboriginal businesses, provide better services and build the capacity of Aboriginal communities to engage more effectively with government.
“Yesterday was National Sorry Day, when the Nation remembers the grief and suffering of the Stolen Generations who were taken from their families over many years.
“While governments are working to address the issues faced by our Aboriginal communities, there is much more to be done to ensure we build a more unified state and nation in the future.
To see how you can be involved in National Reconciliation Week, visit the South Australian Government’s National Reconciliation Week Calendar of Events