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National Reconciliation Week

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National Reconciliation Week

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National Reconciliation Week runs annually from May 27 – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: 

The anniversaries - 51 years since the 1967 referendum, and the 26 years since Mabo decision respectively.

This year’s theme for NRW is “Don’t Keep History A Mystery”

As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask all Australians to be part of the next steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey. This year during National Reconciliation Week, all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. In our region within the Bega Valley Shire Council we stand rich with cultural landscapes, stories, cultural history, language and our communities.

“Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow.”

Reconciliation Meaning

Noun - 1.  “The restoration of friendly relations”

              2.   The action of making one view or belief compatible with another

“Any possibility of reconciliation between such clearly opposed positions”

Australia has a long history of reconciliation and countless people – Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders and non-indigenous - have dedicated their life’s work to the reconciliation movement. As a result, many significant steps have been taken. In the BVSC footprint we have come a long way in progressing in working with, and alongside the Local Aboriginal Communities with the adoption of the MOU 2001, the naming (in language) the Civic halls, Bunarn gardens and other cultural structures within Littleton Gardens along with many other cultural contributions in our communities.

There is widespread acceptance of our nation’s history and agreement that the wrongs of the past will never be repeated – there is truth, justice, healing and historic acceptance. Reconciliation can longer be seen as a single issue or agenda and the contemporary definition of reconciliation must weave all of these threads together. There are five critical dimensions that together represent a holistic and comprehensive picture of reconciliation that are, “Race Relations, Equality and Equity, Unity, Institutional Integrity and Historical Acceptance”.


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