National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week resources

Use these resources to help you plan an event for National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and/or NAIDOC Week. These resources have been provided by the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.

Our Vision

An inclusive workplace built on mutual respect, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and cultures are recognised, valued and celebrated.

National Reconciliation Week

Date: 27 May – 3 June 2019
Theme: Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year: 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

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.

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week.

NAIDOC Week

Date: 7-14 July 2019
Theme: Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Find out more about NAIDOC Week.

Checklist

We recommend you:

  • book a room/space for your event
  • produce an invite and/or promotion of the event to your office/area
  • please do an Acknowledgement or Welcome to Country (this is usually done by the most senior person in the room unless you have an Elder coming to perform a Welcome to Country)
  • make sure the room is accessible for people who will come from other locations
  • please take photos of your event and send them to rap@det.nsw.edu.au and gptw@det.nsw.edu.au (Great Place to Work mailbox).

We suggest you:

  • provide catering (please note that any costs related to the event will need to come from the area organising it)
  • talk to your local and regional Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) members or Local Land Council to organise having an Elder from your area come and do a Welcome to Country.

Communications

If possible, please:

  • Take a photo! Are you having a cake or catering? Take a photo of the cake cutting. Or maybe just a group of people coming together for this event.
  • Take a 30-second video (hold your phone on its side) of your event.
  • If someone wants to share on their social media accounts the RAP event, get them to use #GreatPlaceToWork and/or #RECONCILIATIONWEEK or #NAIDOCWEEK so that the department can know about it and share it.
  • Remember permissions need to be gained before you share anything.
  • Please take photos of your event and send them to rap@det.nsw.edu.au and gptw@det.nsw.edu.au (Great Place to Work mailbox).
  • For NAIDOC Week the National NAIDOC logo & other resources are available for public use to help you celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Ideas for your event

There are many ways that events can be centred around reconciliation and around celebrating NAIDOC Week.

Check out ideas on National Reconciliation Week.

Check out ideas on NAIDOC Week.

Examples for both events include:

  • have a yarn
  • host a morning tea
  • invite local Indigenous Elders to come to speak or give a Welcome to Country.

Check out the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan for information and inspiration.

Welcome to Country

If you are organising an Elder to perform a Welcome to Country, the local and regional Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) members can assist with the initial connection process. The AECG members have extensive experience in their local community. You can also contact your Local Land Council.

Catering options

For ordering catering, we recommend using an Indigenous catering business.

Useful platforms to find and connect with Indigenous procurement include:

NSW Indigenous Chambers of Commerce
Supply Nation
Reconciliation Action Plan

Contact details

For any queries please contact: rap@det.nsw.edu.au.

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