It’s National Reconciliation Week and this year’s theme #InThisTogether perhaps resonates more than anticipated, given the challenges the entire community has faced due to COVID-19. 

National Reconciliation Week is a time to reflect and learn about culture, history and the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The dates of the week are significant – it always falls from May 27 to June 3 as these dates commemorate two milestones in the reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Reconciliation Australia says the week is about furthering the journey towards a reconciled nation: 

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another.

On this journey, Australians are all In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures. 

To celebrate the week, Reconciliation Australia and ABC are holding an event In Concert Together this evening, Friday May 28, from 9.05-10pm. It will be hosted by Christine Anu on ABC Radio and streamed live via Reconciliation Australia’s Facebook Livestream.

The Sydney Swans would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of our land and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.