National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

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Use these resources to help you plan an event for National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week.

National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day on May 26 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.

Mabo Day

Mabo Day is held yearly on June 3, commemorating the successful overturning of the legal concept of terra nullius or ‘land belonging to no-one’ in 1992, following a 10-year legal case led by activist Eddie Mabo.

This recognised Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander occupation of Australia, acknowledged their rights to their land and waters, and paved the way for native title in Australia.

This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week

The theme for National Reconciliation Week this year is 'Now More Than Ever!' It reminds us of the urgency and importance of working together to advance reconciliation. It is a call to work together to create a more just and inclusive society.

2024: Activities and Resources

This year, Senior Executive will take part in Everyone’s Business. This is cultural capability training developed for the NSW public sector. It is designed to help us understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and how past policies and practices continue to affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities today. Through this training, NSW public sector employees will learn how to support and build culturally safe workplaces and services across NSW.

To mark NRW, we're planning several activities and events in which we hope you'll participate.

Any of the recorded events will be available to watch or re-watch on demand in our resource section.


Time and Date Event or Resource


The Narragunnawali platform has activities that will support students to explore the meaning and purpose of this year’s theme Now More Than Ever.

Resources for students:

The Narragunnawali platform is free to join and acces.

Monday 27 May

Available from 8:30 am

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in schools roundtable video

Roundtable discussion with:

  • Kyleigh Nash, Principal Yarrawarrah Public School

  • Jenny Walker, Principal Kellyville Public School

  • Ashli Ware, Principal Baryulgil Public School

  • Tessa Keenan, General Manager, Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education

Monday 27 May

Available from 8:30 am

Best Practice in Reconciliation: Leadership roundtable video

Roundtable discussion with:

  • Suzie Matthews, ED Skills and Pathways, Education and Skills Reform

  • Meghanne Wellard, ED Public School, Rural North

  • Lyn Corkett, Director, Strategic Sourcing, School Infrastructure

  • Kathy Sharan A/Director, Culture, Diversity and Talent

Wednesday 29 May

7:30 am – 9:00 am

Reconciliation NSW’s 2024 National Reconciliation Week Virtual Breakfast

The NSW 2024 NRW Virtual Breakfast will feature:

  • A Welcome to Country
  • The Hon. David M. Harris, NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty will outline the NSW Government's priorities for Aboriginal Affairs, and
  • Karen Mundine, CEO, Reconciliation Australia will discuss the NRW Theme for 2024 and call to action.
  • A panel of Aboriginal community changemakers will discuss "Charting a Path Forward: Empowering Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities, Now More than Ever'.

Access live stream here

Password: #NSWRECNowMoreThanEver#


We encourage you to join in these events, learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, and reflect on ways to contribute to reconciliation both within and outside our workplace.


Teams Background


Join the conversation

Everyone in the department is welcome to join the Viva Engage ‘Reconciliation Action Plan Group’ - 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 Tamara.Saunders1@det.nsw.edu.au

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


Category:

  • Education support operations

Business Unit:

  • Secretary
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