National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

Use these resources to help you plan an event for National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week. Digital events will be uploaded to this page, during National Reconciliation Week, as they occur.

National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is held on May 26 and marks the day that the landmark ‘Bringing them Home’ report was tabled in federal parliament in 1997.

It is a time to remember the past policies of forced child removal, and reflect on the sad and painful stories of the Stolen Generations. It is a time to recognise the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the power of saying Sorry.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week 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 Week runs from 27 May to 3 June every year. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2022, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

2022: Activities and Resources

We have created a series of activities and resources that you can discover over Reconciliation Week and share within your smaller teams as you make a commitment to ‘Be Brave. Make Change’.

We encourage you to begin with watching the Secretary and her Dep Secs, as they describe what reconciliation means to them and how they put it into practice every day. And then think about how you can put reconciliation into your every day.

Any of the recorded events will be able to watch or rewatch on demand in our resource section.

Time and date Activity or Resource

Thursday 26 May, 9.30am

National Sorry Day

Video and Q&A with Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation

This video will start with the screening Walking Our Songlines followed by a Q&A session at the end with the Stolen Generations survivors and decedents. Survivors will be onsite at Coota Girls Home for the recording.

Friday 27 May, 9.30am

Launch of Reconciliation Week

Leadership video message

Watch a short compilation of videos from the Secretary, Group Deputy Secretary and Deputy Secretaries about what reconciliation week and the theme for 2022 means to them personally and professionally.

Monday 30 May, 9.30am

Be Brave: examples of Aboriginal Activism

Join this webinar to hear about people from within the department, AECG and private enterprise about their activist journey, how they have been brave and created change.

The panel will include:

Catherine Trindall: President NSW AECG to share their advocacy story in demanding the rights of Aboriginal people in equitable access to education and creating the change that is needed to ensure improved outcomes for Aboriginal students.

Warren Bridges: delivers Aboriginal curriculum in schools program that shares the stories of key Aboriginal people who have been involved in activism and bringing attention and drive to movements around equality for Aboriginal communities.

Rachael McPhail: led the recent push for Australia Post to recognise and include space for Aboriginal place names on their postal products, something that is quickly becoming common place.

Rob Waters: Rob is a poet, storyteller, cultural educator and spoken word artist and has been performing and sharing Story for over 20 years.

Benjamyn Glachan: Ben is the Head Teacher of Aboriginal Education at Gorokan High School on the Central Coast of NSW. He is a proud father, husband and is a passionate advocate for inclusive and Aboriginal education. Ben has education in his blood and has a strong personal connection to health and wellbeing. Ben is also passionate about honouring the partnership between the AECG and the DoE to ensure Aboriginal community members have a strong voice to ensure the greatest outcomes for students and the community.

10am - 11am

Everyone’s Business: A conversation with Stolen Generations survivors

The Public Service Commission is holding a special event for the sector to hear firsthand the impact of past government practices from Stolen Generations survivors.

As public sector employees, when we understand the history of Aboriginal community interactions with government, it helps us to design and deliver better services to those communities and ensures they are not re-traumatised through their interactions with government. It’s all of our responsibilities to equip ourselves and our people with this knowledge.

The history and lived experience of Stolen Generations survivors can be confronting, but by recognising this past trauma we can contribute to the important cultural safety work being done in the sector and outside of it.

All public sector employees are invited and can register through Eventbrite.

1 June

Googong Public School: Designing with Country video

This will be a pre-recorded video showcasing Googong Public School redevelopment and designing with Country. It will feature Pedavoli Architects, Principal and local Aboriginal elder Aunty Matilda House.

In collaboration with School Infrastructure.

2022 launch – Be Brave. Make Change.

To mark the start of Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), Secretary, Georgina Harrisson and the other executive have shared what this year's theme 'Be brave. Make Change.' means to them both personally and professionally. Please note that captions and transcript will be uploaded in the next 48hrs.

Being Brave - examples of Aboriginal activism

Please note that the captions and transcript will be uploaded in the next 48hrs.

Designing Googong Public School

Designing Googong Public School


What reconciliation means to us

Instructions for changing your teams background

Download the National Reconciliation Week Teams Background

Join the conversation

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

Everyone in the department is welcome to join the Yammer ‘Reconciliation Action Plan Group’ it’s a great place to join in the conversation around reconciliation.

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

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