2022: Actions to Make Change
This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme, Be Brave Make Change is a challenge to all of us to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.
Change begins with brave actions in your daily life – where you live, work, play and socialise.
Take these actions with you every day of the year, not just during National Reconciliation Week.
GET YOUR FACTS FIRST-HAND
Mainstream media can be inaccurate, negative, and unbalanced in its portrayal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and issues.
Get your facts straight from the source.
Organise a Reconciliation Film Club screening.
When you see racism in the media, report it.
OWN OUR HISTORY
Our true history has been hidden from us.
When talking about the history or story of Australia, always include the participation and presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Find out facts and ways to learn and talk about Australia’s history.
GET RECONCILIATION INTO SCHOOLS
If you didn’t learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultures at school, make sure our kids do now.
LEARN YOUR LOCAL HISTORY
Break the silence on the massacres, forced removals, cultural genocide, and memorialising.
Find the truth about the colonial leaders and histories memorialised near you.
Are they heroes or criminals?
Consult on and investigate renaming.
First Nations-led organisations and activities strengthen the whole community.
Support and promote community-controlled and Indigenous governed organisations.
SUPPORT BLAK BUSINESS
Past policies and practices took money and work away from generations of First Nations people. Stolen wages and lands undermined economic futures.
Understand how this poverty and economic disempowerment plays out today.
Support First Nations businesses as contractors, suppliers, and producers.
Purchase Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander art or products only from Indigenous-owned businesses.
Call out exploitation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and cultures in mainstream businesses.
RECONCILIATION AT WORK
Everyone benefits from a reconciliation-focussed workplace.
A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will help embed reconciliation into your internal workplace culture.
Work with practical reportable actions that build strong relationships with the community.
Already have a RAP? Join your RAP Working Group.
UNDERSTAND POLITICAL REPRESENTATION
Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples have been fighting for a political voice, and structural changes like treaty, for more than 100 years.
Support current calls by First Peoples such as treaties, constitutional reform, and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
SPEAK UP FOR LANGUAGES
Language is intrinsic to culture and identity.
There are around 800 dialects from more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
Know your local area language(s) of the Traditional Custodians of the land on which you live.
Support First Nations language revival programs. Know and use Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander placenames and petition councils and governments to do so.
AIM HIGHER IN HIGHER EDUCATION
First Nations expertise and voices are still battling to be heard in universities and colleges.
Ask for First Nations history, current affairs, and cultures to be taught at your university or college.
Encourage them to fund and support more research into truth-telling.
CARE FOR COUNTRY
First Nations peoples hold the knowledge to manage and protect Country.
Western science and environmental activists must learn from and embed this expertise.
Learn about how climate change is going to directly affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Stand up for those already on the front line.
NRW 2022 & BEYOND
Reconciliation is everyone’s business, every day.
Use this National Reconciliation Week to learn about and celebrate the world’s oldest living culture.
Attend events, or host your own. Read, watch, listen and learn.
Help others to get on board and Be Brave, Make Change.
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