26 September 2023

Reconciliation Day: In this together

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Canberrans are to have the opportunity to mark Reconciliation Day this year by participating in online engagement and family-friendly activities at home.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Rachel Stephen-Smith said while the 2020 Reconciliation Day would be different, it was still a great opportunity for Canberrans to come together in the spirit of Reconciliation.

“The 2020 National Reconciliation Week theme ‘In this together’ is particularly fitting given the year we are all experiencing and the need to get through this difficult time together,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“It also reflects our shared journey of Reconciliation, truth telling and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories,” she said.

“The theme is about us being strong together and strengthening partnerships between individuals and communities built on trust and respect, free of racism and discrimination.”

Ms Stephen-Smith said there was a host of things to look forward to this year with a range of free and family friendly activities available.

She said activities included postcards delivered to all Canberra households by late May; workshops on the Events ACT YouTube channel; and colouring sheets for kids.

Co-Chair of the ACT Reconciliation Council, Chris Bourke said online activities would replace the usual community get together and provided the opportunity to have a broader conversation, and reach people who hadn’t previously attended to the community day event.

Information about the Reconciliation Day events can be accessed at this PS News link.

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