Be Brave, Make Change - National Reconciliation Week commences on Friday

Be Brave, Make Change – National Reconciliation Week commences on Friday

by Freya Lucas

May 25, 2022

National Reconciliation Week is held 27 May to 3 June annually, commemorating two significant dates in Australian history, namely the successful 1967 referendum which changed the constitution and allowed First Nations people the right to vote and the High Court Mabo decision which recognised the land rights of Torres Strait Islanders. 

 

Each year during Reconciliation Week Australians are asked to reflect on the role they play in moving toward a reconciled future, and the part every Australian plays in building relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

 

In 2022, the theme for National Reconciliation Week is “Be Brave. Make Change.” 

 

The theme is a challenge to all Australians — individuals, families, communities, organisations and government — to be brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for the benefit of all Australians.

 

In early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings this year’s theme offers an opportunity for educators and leaders to think deeply about how their service is involved in preparing young children for the world, and to consider the role that children play as active participants in a reconciled Australia. 

 

During Reconciliation Week, educators and leaders may explore First Nations histories, cultures and achievements, and involve children in explorations of how each of us as citizens can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

 

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week here. For practical suggestions of activities and actions for ECEC during Reconciliation Week, please see here

More information about meaningful inclusion and moving beyond tokenism may be found here.

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