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National Reconciliation Week 2019: Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage

Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

The theme this year is “Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage”. At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

From Reconciliation Australia:

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NRW 2019: Interview with Linda Ford

Linda Ford (AASW Director - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative) talks about this year's theme and her experiences as an Indigenous social worker.

NRW 2019 from AASW on Vimeo.

National Reconciliation Week events

Reconciliation Australia provides an extensive list of NRW events across Australia.

Media release

National Reconciliation week 2019 – A time to walk together in courage

As we reflect on 2019 National Reconciliation week, and its theme – Grounded in truth. Walk together in courage. - the Australian Association of Social Workers calls on all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, while renewing our commitments to work with Indigenous peoples to collectively address the injustices they continue to face.

The AASW’s Reconciliation Action Plan

The AASW’s vision for reconciliation is one of increased understanding and appreciation across the Australian social work profession about the histories and cultures of the First Australians. We seek to build upon the key learnings from history and work towards the development of meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as colleagues, community members and people who use our services, founded on recognition and respect.

Read the AASW's Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-19

Social Work Focus - The First Australians: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Last year, we have published a special edition of Social Work Focus, which is a celebration of Indigenous social work.

AASW advocacy

The AASW has prepared statements, position papers and submissions to government inquiries investigating matters related to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers