Reconciliation is everyone’s business and there are many ways you can get involved in making reconciliation a reality in your workplace or community.
Sorry Day (May 26)
There are many appropriate ways to recognise Sorry Day. Here are three simple things you can do this year:
- Learn more by watching this short film about Gwen Schrieber’s healing work and personal and family story
- Show your support by changing your Zoom background for the day
- Reflect by listening to Archie Roach’s moving song ‘Took the Children Away’
Coming together to reflect on the day is really important. These resources will help you to host a digital event this year.
Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June)
There are many ways to celebrate National Reconciliation Week, even when social distancing. Here are three simple things you can do:
- Demonstrate respect by beginning your meetings and events with an Acknowledgement of Country this week and throughout the year
- Show your support by changing your Zoom background for the week
- Celebrate by watching this live recording of Baker Boy’s hit ‘Marryuna’ - the title means ‘to dance with no shame’, in Yolngu Matha language
It’s still hugely important that we celebrate Reconciliation Week together. These resources will help you to organise a digital event.
NAIDOC Week is usually held in July but has been postponed for 2020 until later in the year, no date has been announced as yet.
Events throughout the year
The Reconciliation Action Plan team coordinates events throughout the year.
Reconciliation is everyone’s business – and it doesn’t only matter in Reconciliation Week. Your workgroup might like to think about some of these activities and actions during the year.
- A cultural walk in your area (your local Land Council or local Council are good places to ask about these)
- A lunchtime Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sports event (there is something for everyone!)
- Start a Reconciliation Book Club
- Start a Reconciliation Film Club (some great ideas here)
- Organise a night out with colleagues and see an Indigenous musical artist or a relevant film or theatre production
- Take Cultural Awareness Training – or make it a priority for your work group
- Learn more about trauma and its ongoing effects – especially for people affected by past policies of forced child removal.
- Think about how the work you do (or how you do your work) affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- Learn more about the Uluru Statement from the Heart (the 2019 Boyer lectures are also a great resource)
- Stand up to racism
- Be familiar with the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
- Join the Reconciliation Action Plan Group on Yammer to hear about upcoming events and activities
We have a library of resources available to help you plan events and activities.
Join the community
Everyone in the department is welcome to join the Yammer ‘Reconciliation Action Plan Group’, it’s a great place to join in the conversation.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders employees are warmly invited to join the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Network, contact Darren.Bell@det.nsw.edu.au