Recordings of previous events

Missed one of our Reconciliation Action plan events? Catch up on demand.

Video: Designing programs that fit: learning from the Aboriginal Initiatives team

(Duration 56:10)

The team from Training Service NSW will share how and why they have redesigned some programs

Video: STEM panel : live from Matraville Sports High

(Duration 1:01:37)

STEM Panel Live from Matraville Sports High

Video: Author talk and book reading with Kirli Saunders

(Duration 47:45)

Book reading with Author Kirli Saunders from her book Bindi

Video: Five Questions for a deeper persepctive

(Duration 1:00:28)

Five Questions for a deeper perspective

Video: Taking Action in Education

(Duration 1:15:39)

Taking Action in Education

Video: Reconciliation NSW and your school's reconciliation journey

(Duration 47:50)

Hear from Reconciliation NSW about the Narragunawali program, the Schools Reconciliation program and more

Video - 'Torres Strait 8' v Australia: Torres Strait Claimaints Challenge

(Duration 28:18)

This claim is a world-first in the way it connects climate change impacts to human rights, and because it is the first action against a country by inhabitants of low-lying islands within that country’s territory - people challenging their own governments. The claimants are seeking protection for their right to life, right to culture and right to be free from arbitrary interference with privacy, family and home. They argue that Australia must do more to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and ensure the coastal defence of the vulnerable islands of the Torres Strait.

Video - Aboriginal Programs: supporting great careers in NSW Education

Duration – 1:08:37
Aboriginal Programs work to ensure Aboriginal peoples play an increasing role in the education and training of young Australians. Aboriginal students improve their learning outcomes and build their personal strengths when Aboriginal staff and communities are involved in their education. You can help us increase Year 12 completion rates, expand culturally inclusive learning programs and promote opportunities for Aboriginal communities to engage with school life. There is a constant demand for Aboriginal applicants. Aboriginal Programs will help you at every stage, starting with finding the right job and then building your skills and capabilities at work.

Video – Talking respectfully about Aboriginal Cultures, Kinship and Histories

Duration – 1:01:50
This webinar is part of a series that will help you to learn about terminology that is inclusive and respectful of Aboriginal peoples. In this webinar we'll talk specifically about important aspects of culture like the Dreaming, Sorry Business and Men’s & Women’s Business, Country and Custodianship; you'll learn a little about kinship (and how to respectfully acknowledge Elders); and we'll discuss using truthful language to speak about Australia’s history and Aboriginal histories.

Video – You can't say that

Duration – 57:08
This webinar is a 101 of how to use appropriate terminology that is inclusive and respectful of Aboriginal peoples and their histories and cultures.

Transcript of You can't say that video.

Video – Aboriginal astronomy

Duration – 47:16
Did you know that Aboriginal astronomy existed long before the Babylonians and the Ancient Greeks first looked up and began to observe the Sun, Moon and stars to inform navigation, calendars, and predict weather? Professor Ray Norris is an astrophysicist and science communicator. He's also the co-author of 'Emu Dreaming', about Aboriginal Astronomy and current research in this area. In this webinar he shares some of his findings and discusses some astronomical traditional and stories, and their practical applications for Aboriginal peoples. This webinar is an opportunity to understand and appreciate a little more about the richness of Aboriginal histories and cultures.

Transcript of Aboriginal astronomy video.

Video – Author’s talk with Jasmine Seymour

Duration – 31:59
Jasmine Seymour is a Darug woman and a NSW public primary school teacher, she's also the author of 'Baby Business' and co-author of 'Cooee Mittigar'. In this webinar Jasmine shares some of the personal history and stories behind ‘Baby Business’ and performs a reading of this delightful children’s book. Baby Business tells the story of a Darug baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to Country. The smoke is a blessing – it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong. This beautiful ritual is recounted in a way young children will completely relate to and is enhanced by gentle illustrations. This webinar is an opportunity for everyone – but especially for young children – to learn about and to appreciate the beauty of this aspect of Darug culture.

Transcript of Author’s talk with Jasmine Seymour video.

Video – Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country: confidence with the basics

Duration – 45:56
Feel nervous, unsure or just a bit awkward giving an Acknowledgement of Country? Don't really understand the difference between an Acknowledgement and a Welcome? Been asked to organise a Welcome to Country and don't know where to start? This webinar is hosted by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members of the RAP team who help with these questions and more.

Transcript of Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country: confidence with the basics video.

Other questions

In this recorded session, we didn’t get to all of the thought-provoking questions asked in the chat – so we’ve provided some responses below:

Without asking, because as a non-Indigenous person I wouldn't feel right asking, how do we know when is/isn't it right to use the term Aunty and Uncle for Elders?

Aboriginal people traditionally refer to an Elder as 'Aunty' or 'Uncle'. However, it is recommended that non-Aboriginal people check the appropriateness of their use of these terms – so even though you might feel a bit odd or uncomfortable it is appropriate to ask.

An Aboriginal Elder may also invite people to call the Aunty or Uncle.

Should an Acknowledgement of Country include emerging Elders?

There are differing views on this. Some people (including some Aboriginal members of our RAP team) see it as appropriate, while others have concerns that it undermines the traditional status and authority of Elders.

You can also acknowledge the contributions of all Aboriginal people including young people.

If my organisation wants to have a RAP, what is the best process?

Reconciliation Australia are the lead body for reconciliation in Australia and can help you to develop an official Reconciliation Action Plan.

How often should you do an Acknowledgement of Country for a meeting/gathering. Is it only at the beginning or should it be each speaker?

There are no firm rules but particularly for large or formal meetings it can be appropriate for each speaker to acknowledge Country.

I've heard some people say that doing an Acknowledgement too many times means it can become tokenistic. What can I do so that it’s not?

We will be providing a further webinar that talks more about this. But in essence, it’s important to be genuine in the way you speak – to think about the words you are saying and their meaning and hopefully that sincerity will be heard by your audience.

Once you feel comfortable with the ‘basic’ phrasing it might be time to branch out a little – educate yourself about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories cultures and achievements (our Resources are a good place to start) and you could talk about what you have learned and/or link what you say to the topic of your meeting. Just remember to be diligent in making sure what you say is both correct and appropriate.

Remember as well that an Acknowledgement shouldn’t be used in place of a Welcome for large or significant events.

Video: Briar Road Public School celebrates National Reconciliation Week

Briar Road Public School celebrates National Reconciliation Week

Video: National Reconciliation Week 2021

National Reconciliation Week 2021

Video: Putting Reconciliation into action

Putting Reconciliation into action

Video: AECG Connecting to Country at Menindee Central School

Video: Connecting to Country at Menindee Central School. Please note that the captions and transcript will be uploaded in 48hrs.

We would like to highlight that talking about lived experience for people who have experienced discrimination, particularly intersectionality, can generate unwanted thoughts and feelings. If this happens to you, please make sure you prioritise your wellbeing. Talk to a colleague, friend, family member or someone who makes you feel safe. Alternatively, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can be accessed by calling 1800 060 650. You can also call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 and Lifeline on 13 11 14. Or 13 YARN, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific national crisis line: 13 92 76 or

Video: 2022 National Reconcilation Week launch – Be Brave. Make Change.

(Duration 11:48)

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.

Video: Designing Googong Public School

(Duration 2:32)

Applying Designing with Country Principles in the planning and design of Googong Public School

Video: Being Brave - examples of Aboriginal activism

(Duration 40:29)

Please note that the captions and transcript will be uploaded in the next 48hrs.
Return to top of page Back to top