National Reconciliation Week - what a week it's been!
What an enormous and eventful week it's been, starting with the Long Walk and the AFL Indigenous Round, Sorry Day, the Melbourne launch of the Journey to Recognition and then National Reconciliation Week. It's been a week that has seen reconciliation front-and-centre in our national media. We've seen record turn-outs at the hundred or so events held all over the state, such as the National Launch of NRW at Fed Square, the Long Walk, the Melbourne Conversations event at the Melbourne Town Hall on Constitutional Recognition, We Sing for Reconciliation at Wesley Anne in Northcote, etc. etc. There were very well-attended events in Geelong, Ballarat, Castlemaine, Gippsland, Woodend just to mention a few, and even more encouraging is the geographical spread of events, with activities taking places in regions and suburbs that have never before staged a reconciliation event.
Thank you to everyone that organised an event, that participated, that volunteered your help and that hit the road to help kick off the Journey to Recognition, which is now nearing the SA border. To read more about the diverse range of activities and to check out the photos go to our NRW page.
Crossing the Yarra on the Journey to Recognition, Sunday May 26. Photo: James Henry
Reconciliation Victoria is the product of a people's movement. Following the work of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR), Reconciliation Victoria Inc. was established in 2002 by a group of individuals keen to address the unfinished business of the 'Roadmap to Reconciliation'.
As the State peak body for Reconciliation, Reconciliation Victoria Inc. has focussed on leading the reconciliation process in Victoria by supporting the growth of Local Reconciliation Groups, promoting cultural awareness and education in the broader community, working with young people, developing strategic partnerships, and building the capacity of the organisation.
Reconciliation Victoria has played a vital role in educating the public on important issues relevant to Aboriginal Victorians. We can recognise the great disparity in outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous people on health, education and employment, and seek to do better. Indeed, we must continue to push government and others to do better on these issues. However, we must also ensure that reconciliation is not just about services and outcomes. It is also about respect and recognition.
Reconciliation Victoria has championed the recognition of Aboriginal Victorians as the first Victorians, and the special place they have in our community. Respect for culture, land and heritage is something all Victorians must develop further.
Reconciliation Victoria plays a role in bringing together indigenous and non-indigenous Victorians to recognise and share what we have in common; and to work on a greater understanding of the issues that keep us apart.
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