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SHQ celebrates National Reconciliation Week (NRW)

By : on : May 30, 2016 comments : (0)

SHQ will be celebrating NRW from Friday May 27 to Friday June 3. If you don’t know much about this week, here’s a brief snapshot of what it’s all about and how you can show your support (information collected from www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/)

So…. What is NRW all about?

Each year, NRW celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people and other Australians.

As part of our reconciliation journey, there are truths to tell, stories to celebrate, and relationships to grow. Reconciliation is at the heart of our nations’ future.

Dates of significance

The dates of NRW are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.

May 27— this date marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90% of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for ATSI peoples and recognise them in the national census.

3 June— this date commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision (in 1992), which legally recognised that ATSI peoples have a special relationship to the land — a relationship that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

NRW 2016 theme

The theme for this year is Our History, Our Story, Our Future. This theme is derived from the State of Reconciliation in Australia report, which asks all Australians to reflect on our national identity, and the place of ATSI histories, cultures and rights in our nation’s story. You can check out the Reconciliation Australia website above for more detailed information about these themes.

How you can get involved in NRW

All Australians are invited to participate in our nation’s reconciliation journey.

Many events are happening across Perth and throughout the nation, which you may be interested in attending. Information on events can be found by visiting the official Reconciliation Australia website www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/events/.

How SHQ is getting involved

In case you’re interested, SHQ is supporting NRW in the following ways:

  • We are flying a reconciliation banner outside the Perth Arena if you want to check it out.
  • We are hosting an internal event and inviting a respected Noongar elder to run a workshop (sorry – staff only!).
  • We are creating a NRW display in the SHQ foyer.
  • We will be raising awareness through our website and social media accounts, as well as adding a banner to our email accounts.
  • The SHQ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group continues to seek feedback, advice, and ideas from all staff on the latest draft of our Plan.

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