National Reconciliation Week at Transport

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about their shared history, cultures, and achievements. The week aims to explore how everyone can contribute to achieving reconciliation to strengthen the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. During this week, truth telling processes are encouraged to spark challenging conversations or re-learning of Australian history so that all Australians can move towards a future in which they understand, value and respect each other.

NRW is held between the same dates each year which commemorate two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey.

27 May – On this date in 1967, 91% of the nation voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census and allow the Commonwealth to create laws for them. The successful referendum recognised the rights of Aboriginal people.

3 June – On this date in 1992, the Mabo decision saw the concept of terra nullius overturned, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of their land.

Celebrating with Transport

On May 31, a group of Talent Participants attended Transport’s National Reconciliation Week Morning Tea to explore this year’s theme “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage”.

Graduates with the Free Man dancers.

The morning tea was a great opportunity to acknowledge and discuss the nation’s confronting history. The event encouraged discussions with people from across the cluster to recognise the role they play and how it can help further strengthen the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Transport Secretary Rodd Staples, RMS’ Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer discussed what reconciliation meant to them.

One highlight of the day was the captivating performance by the Free Man Dancers. The dancers shared parts of their ancient culture through song and dance and performed a greeting, hunting, and farewell dance.

Visit the website to find out more about National Reconciliation Week and access a range of educational resources.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about their shared history, cultures, and achievements. The week aims to explore how everyone can contribute to achieving reconciliation to strengthen the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. During this week, truth telling processes are encouraged to spark challenging conversations or re-learning of Australian history so that all Australians can move towards a future in which they understand, value and respect each other.

NRW is held between the same dates each year which commemorate two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey.

27 May – On this date in 1967, 91% of the nation voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census and allow the Commonwealth to create laws for them. The successful referendum recognised the rights of Aboriginal people.

3 June – On this date in 1992, the Mabo decision saw the concept of terra nullius overturned, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of their land.

Celebrating with Transport

On May 31, a group of Talent Participants attended Transport’s National Reconciliation Week Morning Tea to explore this year’s theme “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage”.

Graduates with the Free Man dancers.

The morning tea was a great opportunity to acknowledge and discuss the nation’s confronting history. The event encouraged discussions with people from across the cluster to recognise the role they play and how it can help further strengthen the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Transport Secretary Rodd Staples, RMS’ Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer discussed what reconciliation meant to them.

One highlight of the day was the captivating performance by the Free Man Dancers. The dancers shared parts of their ancient culture through song and dance and performed a greeting, hunting, and farewell dance.

Visit the website to find out more about National Reconciliation Week and access a range of educational resources.

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