The theme for this year’s digital celebration of Reconciliation Week 2020 is In This Together as COVID-19 restrictions curtail any public gatherings.
This year Reconciliation Week, which runs until 3 June, consists of immersive online content, including storytelling and videos, to empower Australians to understand and better participate in truth telling.
Reconciliation WA has compiled a video series called Reconciliation Conversations, featuring prominent Aboriginal Western Australians including Des Headland, Tui Raven, Richard Walley, Robyn Smith-Walley and Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Ben Wyatt.
Premier, Mark McGowan said COVID-19 had challenged people to find different ways to embrace National Reconciliation Week, but its meaning did not change.
“Reconciliation WA’s on-line resources provide all Western Australians with access to an extensive array of local interviews, podcasts, webinars, films and more, from our homes, schools and workplaces,” Mr McGowan said.
“We are all in this together, and through taking the time during National Reconciliation week to learn and share online, we can inform ourselves on how best to act to advance our reconciliation journey and build a better WA.”
Mr Wyatt said the Aboriginal story was integral to the Australian story.
“It is who we are as a State, and as a nation. Truth telling is about sharing the full story for everyone to hear,” Mr Wyatt said.
“The Aboriginal Advisory Council of Western Australia is a critical partner with Government on key policy developments, such as the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and a State Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy.
“These policies will provide a partnership mechanism to improve outcomes for Aboriginal wellbeing.”
Details of the activities for 2020 Reconciliation Week in WA can be accessed at this PS News link.