What is National Reconciliation Week (NRW)?
So, most of us know of National Reconciliation Week (NRW), but do we really know what it’s about? I mean you could assume the purpose of the week is in its title, ‘to reconcile’, right? But what does that really mean? Well, I’m here to give you a brief summary of why it is so important for our nation.
NRW is an opportunity for everyone in Australia to expand their knowledge of shared histories, cultures, and achievements. The purpose of NRW aims to strengthen the relationships between the wider Australian Community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The dates for NRW remain the same every year, May 27th – June 3rd, in order to incorporate significant past milestones in the journey to reconciliation in Australia. These include National Sorry Day, the 1967 referendum, and Mabo Day.
One of the main aims of reconciliation is achieving equality for all Australians, for example, the unemployment rate amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander is 17%, which is 3.4% higher than the rest of Australia.
NRW can be celebrated throughout workplaces, schools, communities, and individuals Australia-wide by educating ourselves by acknowledging history of the nation’s past and working together towards the future.
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