Reconciliation Victoria acknowledges the challenging and unprecedented time that we are all facing currently. There is uncertainty about what the impacts of COVID-19 will be, and with so much media circulating about the disease and recommendations, it can be difficult to distinguish the facts and the key messaging that people need to be aware of.
Now, more than ever, is the time to reflect on and stand by the National Reconciliation Week theme of ‘In This Together’. Take the necessary precautions being recommended by our government and the Department of Health and do what you can to limit the impact of the virus on yourself and others. Make sure you reflect on the reputability of the news sources you choose to follow and share and listen foremost to the official statements from the government and Department of Health in regards to updates, precautions and advice. There are daily updates with all the necessary information from the Department of Health that can be accessed here.
We are operating, as much as possible, with the mentality of ‘business as usual’. We have taken all necessary and suggested hygiene and physical distancing precautions to limit the impacts to our staff and community and we encourage everyone to do the same. For the time being, our small team will be working remotely.
We are also taking into consideration the potential impact of the virus and flow on effects on upcoming events in the reconciliation calendar, including National Reconciliation Week. Due to the restrictions on non-essential gatherings, Reconciliation Victoria is exploring online alternatives for all our meetings and events in the coming months. We encourage groups to do the same until further notice. We encourage everyone to think differently and creatively about what you had planned; take your events online and join in social and digital media conversations.
Of course reconciliation doesn’t just happen one week every year, so you may also wish to postpone your planned event.
We encourage reconciliation supporters to begin thinking outside of the box about ways to foster reconciliation activities and learning that do not require mass gatherings of people. We are currently working on a list of resources and ideas to give people a starting point from which to facilitate and develop their own ideas, events and discussions so check back here regularly for updates. For now, check out our How To Take Action page for ideas!
With these challenging times comes an opportunity to develop new ways of being, thinking, relating, operating and coming together in kindness to support each other. May we rise to the challenge as a collective.