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Churches of Christ in Queensland joins all Australians to recognise and commemorate National Reconciliation Week as we strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect.
If there was a theme that epitomises 2020, it is ‘in this together’. Reconciliation Australia has also chosen this as the theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 (27 May – 3 June).
This year, Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.
Today National Reconciliation Week is celebrated by communities, businesses and individuals across Australia.
On 28 May 2000, more than 250,000 people walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to show their support for meaningful reconciliation between Australia’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The People’s Walk for Reconciliation had a profound impact on the nation, and by the end of the year 2000, the walks for reconciliation held across the country became the largest display of public support for a single cause in Australian history.
Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution.
As always, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and Australians now benefit from the efforts and contributions of people committed to reconciliation in the past.
Today we work together to further the national journey towards a fully reconciled country, acknowledging that while we have come a long way, there is much more to be achieved.
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.
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.
This National Reconciliation Week, Churches of Christ in Queensland encourages all Australians, even while isolated, to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories and to share in the spirit of reconciliation.
For ideas on how you can be more involved in this important national week, here are Twenty Ways to be in this Together in 2020 .