In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.
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.
NHW Reconciliation Action Plan
In June 2019, we established a reconciliation working group to develop and implement NHW’s very first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with
Reconciliation Australia. The purpose, to develop clear, measurable and achievable goals that influence a positive change and help close the GAP on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement, education and employment opportunities within our organisation and the communities of the north east.
If you are keen to get involved in Reconciliation Working Group please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Anita 0447 164 626. As part of the
National Reconciliation Week celebrations at Northeast Health, we asked staff and community members… What does Reconciliation Week mean for you?
A time to acknowledge history and work together hand in hand to develop a mutual respect to influence change. Reconciliation is everyone’s business.
For me it is about positive ways forward and working together.
It is an opportunity for me and my family to learn about our shared rich history and culture.
Reconciliation to me means acknowledging the past and coming together to move forward so we don’t let the past happen again.
This week helps promote the positive growth and achievements in our aboriginal population. Identifying many strengths such as our efforts to close the gap in our health status.
As a new nurse this year, I will be proud of my heritage and help to continue to strengthen our indigenous health.
It means acknowledging the past and coming together in the future. It is a time to reflect and appreciate the values, beliefs and differences of others.
It is a time for us to reflect on the past, learn from this and to start to restore the relationship between us all.
Reconciliation week recognises the injustices inflicted on Aboriginal people in past years. I like to think “we are all the same” and this week is a reminder of that.
It is a time to reflect on our history and work together to create a better and more inclusive future. Reconciliation week is a great time to ask questions and start a conversation about how each of us can influence change in our community.
A time to reflect on how we can do more to:
- Make a conscious effort to understand the rich culture of our Indigenous Australians
- Promote respect and trust towards and with our Indigenous Australians
Now more than ever as a nation we are learning just what being “in this together” really means. I hope this will transfer into more tolerance and understanding from us all and we work together for reconciliation. Celebrate the achievements and work towards a better future for all of us not just some.
Reconciliation week is an opportunity to reflect on our tumultuous history as a nation and where we are today because of that.
I like to discuss this with my children (and others) and challenge their ideas and perceptions. Relating this to indigenous people we know and places we have been.
We like to attend a local event to celebrate as I believe this develops respect of a shared hope to move forward together.
Reconciliation week is an opportunity for me to reflect on the past, listen to Indigenous Australians and really hear what they have to say and work alongside to improve health and social outcomes for Indigenous Australians. It is a time to educate myself on the significance of this week for indigenous Australians. Enable and contribute to celebrations and conversations in a safe and respectful manner. Reconciliation week is also a wonderful time to celebrate Aboriginal Culture, art, storytelling and the significant contributions indigenous Australians make every day to our society today and into the future.
Reconciliation week is a small window to promote our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their deadly achievements, our strong culture and our amazing and rich history. This years theme “In this together” sums reconciliation up nicely, we are in this together, every single one of us.
I am a proud Aboriginal woman, and I personally feel it’s an opportunity to educate Australia, and strengthen our community and empower our young ones.
Zara La Roche
Reconciliation Week is a time to reflect on our relationships between non-Indigenous Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Reconciliation is an ongoing and imperfect process that encompasses both intergenerational trauma and also incredible milestones and progress that has been made in Australia in celebrating and recognising our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and present experiences.
For me Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to open up dialogue about what we want the future of reconciliation in Australia to look like. At North East Health, that might look like all staff and patients being comfortable and culturally safe asking whether someone identifies, celebrating local culture regularly, and having population parity representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on staff across all departments.
For me, reconciliation week is an opportunity to reflect. To reflect on my actions as a medical professional, and as a member of the Australian community and how these actions either support or challenge existing structures and processes that work to perpetuate disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Reconciliation week is also a time to specifically educate myself on Australia’s indigenous history and culture. By accessing resources developed by indigenous people and organisations that accurately reflect the broad diversity of indigenous voices and opinions across Australia I am able to gain a better understanding of an history that has not been censored to suit a white Australian narrative.
Reconciliation week is a wonderful time to celebrate Australia’s Indigenous cultures, to reflect on Aboriginal Australia’s strong connection to land, and how contemporary Australian society can use this knowledge, and stories to further progress our nation for all. It is also a fantastic time to re-engage with the work of Indigenous artists, comedians, writers, filmmakers, researchers, speakers and policy makers to see what they are doing and thinking, and challenge my own thoughts of what reconciliation means.
Of course, Reconciliation Week is a great time for all of this, but not exclusively so. Most importantly for me, reconciliation is a continual process, and not something that is restricted to the timeline of one week of the year. Reconciliation week is an opportunity to consider how I can change my every day actions to support Indigenous Reconciliation throughout the year.