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Reconciliation Day: In this together

May 19, 2020

Canberrans will have the opportunity to mark Reconciliation Day this year by participating in online engagement and family-friendly activities at home.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Rachel Stephen-Smith said while Reconciliation Day will be different this year, it is still a great opportunity for Canberrans to come together in the spirit of Reconciliation.

“The 2020 National Reconciliation Week theme ‘In this together’ is particularly fitting given the year we are all experiencing and the need to get through this difficult time together.  

“It also reflects our shared journey of Reconciliation, truth telling and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. The theme is about us being strong together and strengthening partnerships between individuals and communities built on trust and respect, free of racism and discrimination.

“There is a host of things to look forward to this year with a range of free and family friendly activities available. These have been designed to promote conversations about Reconciliation and foster a deeper understanding of Australia’s true history,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.

Activities available to Canberrans during Reconciliation Week include:

  • Postcards being delivered to all Canberra households by late May. Write a pledge of Reconciliation on the postcard and share your message online using #ReconciliationDayCBR.
  • Tuning into the Events ACT YouTube channel on Reconciliation Day to watch practical workshops: Caring for Country and Understanding Bush Tucker
  • Preparing a creative submission responding to the ‘In This Together’ theme or for younger family members downloading colouring worksheets.

Quote attributable to Dr Chris Bourke, Co-Chair of the ACT Reconciliation Council:

“This year fabulous online activities will replace our usual community get together where we discuss and learn about reconciliation. It gives us the chance to have a broader conversation, and reach people who hadn’t previously come to the community day event.”

For more details on Reconciliation Day and available activities events.act.gov.au/reconciliation-day

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