Canberrans are being invited to celebrate and learn more about the histories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by joining as members of the ACT Reconciliation Council.
Opening expressions of interest (EOI), the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Rachel Stephen-Smith encouraged individuals from across the Canberra community to apply.
“We all have a role to play in supporting and promoting reconciliation in the ACT,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.
“This is more important than ever as we approach the historic referendum on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament later this year,” she said.
“We are looking for a diverse mix of people to sit on the council, including non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“Canberrans from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are passionate about reconciliation are particularly encouraged to apply.”
Ms Stephen-Smith said Council members worked with the community to continue the conversation around reconciliation and to encourage people to celebrate and learn more about the histories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Co-Chair of the Reconciliation Council, Richard Baker highlighted the important role the Council will play in promoting reconciliation during and beyond the upcoming Referendum.
“Reconciliation is about building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Professor Baker said.
“In the context of the upcoming Referendum there is crucial work to be done promoting the benefits and importance of reconciliation across all areas of our diverse community,” he said.
“I strongly encourage anyone interested in assisting with this important and ongoing work to express their interest to join the ACT Reconciliation Council.”
Ms Stephen-Smith said EOIs were open until 23 May.
Further information on joining the Council can be accessed at this PS News link.