Please join us in recognising National Reconciliation Week (NRW).
NRW is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. More importantly, it’s a time to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
A brief history
In 1993, NRW started as the ‘Week of Prayer for Reconciliation,’ (International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples), which gained strong support from Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first National Reconciliation Week. The year 2001 saw the establishment of Reconciliation Australia which aimed to provide national leadership on reconciliation. Approximately 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge to show their support for reconciliation as part of NRW. This was subsequently mirrored across other bridges in cities and towns. Today, NRW is celebrated in workplaces; schools and early learning services; community organisations and groups; and individuals Australia-wide.
This year, Reconciliation Australia’s theme, More than a word, Reconciliation takes action, urges us to take braver and more impactful action.
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. And if we do not take action, then this journey towards true reconciliation will not move forward.
We all have a role to play with reconciliation. In doing so, we collectively build relationships and communities that value our Indigenous Australians’ culture, past, present and future. Therefore it’s important for us to respectfully amplify First Nations’ voices and add our voices to calls for reconciliation.
NRW is a great time to start a conversation at home about reconciliation or take a moment to learn more and understand what reconciliation is all about.
Glad Group’s actions
In 2021 Glad Group will develop its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) – our roadmap of tangible commitments for the company to support the reconciliation movement. We aim to seek input and consultation from our employees in regard to what type of action and commitments Glad Group should be taking, to further our support First Nations People.
Ways to get involved
Why not have a look at the Reconciliation Film Club page, which has some great resources that will ignite your conversations.
This conversation with Senator Patrick Dodson is a great place to start to get a more detailed overview of the challenges that First Nations’ people have faced: ‘Patrick Dodson – Father of Reconciliation’.