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 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
Release of 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||
Aboriginal Activism: the history and the now Webinar
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:
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.
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.
Rob Waters: Rob is a poet, storyteller, cultural educator and spoken word artist and has been performing and sharing Story for over 20 years.
|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.
|Tuesday 31 May, 9.30am||
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.
Last year we ask that your conversations go beyond words and lead to real action. Some of you did, some may not have had capacity to act. This year the message is stronger - Be brave and commit to one real change this year!
Plan how your team might celebrate National Reconciliation Week.
Lead by example by understanding the difference between an Acknowledgement of Country and a Welcome to Country
Increase employment opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and the participation and growth of Aboriginal-owned businesses through the Aboriginal Procurement Policy
Calling out racism - be an upstander, not a bystander. Check out the Racism. It Stops with Me campaign
It’s also important to recognise that Reconciliation doesn’t just happen in Reconciliation Week and that teams and schools should continue to explore our Aboriginal histories, cultures, and achievements throughout the year.
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: email@example.com.
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