NATIONAL SORRY DAY, Saturday 26 MAY 2018 acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and culture.
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK, 27 MAY 2018 to 3 JUNE 2018 celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. 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. 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
It is certainly very fitting that Northeast Health will be hosting a liaison morning tea with representative members of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait community on Tuesday 29th May. I look forward to the discussion, and to hearing their feedback and ideas regarding strategies so we can progress together to enable Northeast Health to strengthen access to healthcare and employment, along with continuing to enhance the cultural awareness of our staff.