National Reconciliation Week theme announced

National Reconciliation Week 2018 - “Don't keep history a mystery - Learn. Share. Grow.” Sunday 27 May – Sunday 3 June.

National Reconciliation Week 2018

“Don't keep history a mystery - Learn. Share. Grow.”

Sunday 27 May – Sunday 3 June

Reconciliation Australia have announced the theme for 2018: “Don't keep history a mystery - Learn. Share. Grow.”

NRW 2018 is a key activity in the Reconciliation Movement’s strategy to support Australians in making progress in the reconciliation dimension Historical Acceptance. This dimension addresses whether all Australians acknowledge the injustices and actions of the past and their impacts (both historical and contemporary) and are making amends for past wrongs.
This year, NRW invites Australians to Learn, Share, Grow – by exploring their past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.

What can you do?

Plan events that celebrate and build on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians and that show how non-Aboriginal Australians can be active supporters of reconciliation.  Some examples of events or activities you could plan for your community include:

  • Public forums on Reconciliation (e.g. at the Town Hall or local library).
  • Aboriginal heritage walks and cultural tours;
  • Film screenings, festivals, concerts, poetry or book readings;
  • Exhibitions, talks or performances by local Aboriginal artists, musicians, craftspeople or businesses;
  • Supporting the permanent display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags or banners where they haven’t been before;
  • Reconciliation Breakfasts or festivals featuring indigenous cuisine;
  • Dreamtime story-telling and displays in local schools, libraries, council offices or public spaces.
Or you could support activities within local schools such as arranging guest speakers or workshops, or support an Aboriginal flag raising, an art competition or display.

How can Reconciliation Victoria help?

Small Grants

Reconciliation Victoria is offering Small Grants to local reconciliation and community groups, schools and local councils to assist with the planning and management of events to celebrate National Reconciliation Week.

We are encouraging community groups, schools and local councils to work together, and in partnership with local Aboriginal groups or organisations, to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and engage your entire community. 
In 2018 we are focusing our support on activities that involve schools or early learning centres.

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