Be Brave. Make Change. National Reconciliation Week 2022

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Be Brave. Make Change. National Reconciliation Week 2022
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Published 23 May 2022

National Reconciliation Week - which runs from 27 May to 3 June 2022 - is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The theme for this year's National Reconciliation Week is "Be Brave. Make Change." This is a challenge to all Australians to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

Learn about the Dharawal language with the Gujaga Foundation and the Gujaga App

Did you know the word "Naggangbi" means “Hello” in the Dharawal language (the language spoken by the traditional owners of Coastal Sydney)?

Discover more about our local Aboriginal culture by downloading the Gujaga App.

We are also working with Gujaga Foundation to introduce Dharawal language classes at Woollahra Preschool from July, helping to give children in the La Perouse Aboriginal community and beyond the opportunity to learn the Dharawal language.

Bush Tucker Walks

And don’t forget you can come along to one of our Bush Tucker Walks during the warmer months hosted by Dharawal man and expert horticulturalist Terry Lennis.

Woollahra Aboriginal Heritage Study and our Reconciliation Action Plan

As part of ongoing commitment to reconciliation we’re working with Reconciliation Australia on a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for Council. We adopted the Woollahra Aboriginal Heritage Study in consultation with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, last year.

Recommended Reading

Our library team have put together a Reconciliation Week-themed collection of books and e-books that are available to borrow from our eCollection or off the shelf.

Have a read here.

Welcome to Country

Ray Ingrey, Chairperson of the Gujaga Foundation, explains the significance of Welcome to Country and showcases a traditional Aboriginal dance performed by the Gamay Dancers.

Major events

National Reconciliation Week coincides with two major events throughout Australian history that are regarded as significant steps towards reconciling Australia’s past treatment of First Nations Australians.

27 May: marks the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which chose to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal people.

3 June: marks the anniversary of the High Court of Australia's judgement in the Mabo case, which legally recognised that Indigenous people had a special relationship to the land.

Both of these important historic dates are not only the reason we have the opportunity to celebrate reconciliation but were massive moments in history where many First Nations people had campaigned tirelessly to advance the rights of the people who have inhabited this land for hundreds of thousands of generations.

Time to take action

Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine said this year’s theme - "Be Brave. Make Change" - builds on the 2021 theme which encouraged us all to greater action on reconciliation.

"Last year Reconciliation Australia encouraged all Australians to take action; not just in National Reconciliation Week but every week of the year.

"We saw unprecedented response to our suggested actions for everyday and for braver action.

"This year we are asking everyone to make change beginning with brave actions in their daily lives - where they live, work, play and socialise.”

Ongoing journey

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful changes, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort

What does change look like to you? And what can you do to help make it happen?

Woollahra Council acknowledges that the first people of this area are the Aboriginal people of the Eora Nation. Council is committed to working together with all members of the community to support reconciliation and encourage acceptance and respect for a diverse range of cultures.

More information

Visit Reconciliation Australia to find out more about National Reconciliation Week.

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