National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) will be held from 27 May – 3 June 2017 with this year’s theme “Let’s Take the Next Steps” encouraging all Australians to be part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.
NRW is always held from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.
In 2017 these milestones reach significant anniversaries. It is 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.
Reconciliation Australia, which coordinates NRW, writes that “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.”
Reconciliation Australia has prepared specific resources that can be used in schools to promote and engage with NRW and reconciliation more broadly.
- Click here to view teaching and learning resources specific to NRW.
- Click here to view resources appropriate for schools and early learning centres relating to reconciliation more broadly.
Our union’s commitment to reconciliation
As part of our union’s own commitment to reconciliation, we implemented our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016.
Our union’s RAP will operate at the Innovate level in accordance with Reconciliation Australia guidelines, joining together with a large collective of organisations that have turned their good intentions into a framework for action.
An Innovate RAP is for organisations that have developed relationships with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and are ready to develop or implement programs for cultural learning, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and supplier diversity.
Our union’s RAP details significant events and actions, including:
- increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representatives on union bodies;
- celebrating NAIDOC Week each year in July;
- marking Close the Gap Day;
- acknowledging Country at meetings and events;
- supporting Narragunnawali Reconciliation in Schools; and
- increasing participation in our union’s Yarning Circle.
RAPs provide a practical framework, built on relationship, respect and opportunities, which allow organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation. RAPs create social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.