It’s National Reconciliation Week – a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people(s) and other Australians.
Each year from 27 May to 3 June, the week-long celebration is an ideal opportunity for all Australians to explore ways to join the national reconciliation effort. This year’s theme is Let’s Talk Recognition.
National Reconciliation Week is a chance to work towards the goal of closing the gap and building respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.
During National Reconciliation Week, you can participate in lots of activities and events that focus on the value of recognition. But you can also recognise this special event in your own way – it can be as simple as flying an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander flag, writing a blog, or posting something on Facebook or Twitter.
Here are some simple ways you can get involved, and promote good physical and cultural health. Remember, you can do these things at any time, not just this week!
Host a healthy BBQ
Try using native plants to cook, such as lemon myrtle or bush tomato. Check out other good tucker ideas here!
Go on a cultural walking tour
Get active and check out the internet for some local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural walking tours, or presentations to learn more about local knowledge.
Invite a local representative to speak at your school, university or organisation
Invite a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander elder or another community member to speak at your organisation, university or school on the topic of recognition and the history of the First Australians in your local area (contact your local Aboriginal council or reconciliation group).
Play Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander music
Listen or dance to some of the talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers at your work, home or school/university. Some examples would be: Christine Anu, Dan Sultan, Gurrumul Yunupingu, The Mills Sisters, Tjupi Band.
Volunteer for the community
Volunteer at a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander group/organisation or for Indigenous Community Volunteers. You’ll be amazed how your skills can be used. Imagine writing grant proposals, improving computer systems, addressing environmental issues, or teaching people to sew. All skills are valuable, whether they come from a profession, trade, or even a hobby.
Watch a film
Get knowledgeable in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cinema. Organise a movie session to watch films such as: Beneath Clouds, Yolgnu Boy, Ten Canoes, Mad Bastards, Toomelah, Radiance, Bran Nue Day and One Night the Moon.
Go to your local events
Find out about a local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander event, art exhibition, festival (through local government or local Aboriginal councils/groups) and get involved.
To learn more about Reconciliation Week, visit their website.