Reconciliation – More than a word.
This year National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) marks its 25th anniversary, having begun in from the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in1993, the United Nations International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It was supported by Australia’s major faith communities and in 1996 the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched its first National Reconciliation Week.
The dates are chosen to reflect two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey; the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision. The week aims to be a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds, and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
That is why this year’s theme is so important. The theme “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action” urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action and reminds everyone that reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures and The Anglican Parish of Mount Barker is proud to play its part in the process, including our commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and to the Treaty Process.
-Adapted from the Reconciliation Australia Website.
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