Reconciliation Week is important, now more than ever
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Reconciliation Week is important, now more than ever

by Freya Lucas

May 28, 2024

National Reconciliation Week is now underway, running from 27 May to 3 June, commemorating  two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.


In 2024 the theme of this Reconciliation Week is ‘Now More Than Ever’.


Early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals are encouraged to use this time to learn, reflect and take action to create a more just and inclusive Australia. 


During National Reconciliation Week, ECEC services can take time to acknowledge the unique histories, cultures and contributions of First Nations peoples.


Early learning settings across the country commemorate and honour National Reconciliation Week by coordinating and participating in events and activities across the week, including reconciliation walks, smoking ceremonies, gatherings and morning teas with local Elders and communities.


Children’s Ground has prepared a list of suggestions about how to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week in early childhood settings. 


Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) has also prepared some advice and support, given the significance of National Reconciliation Week in the light of the recent referendum. 


Finally, some perspectives from Stirling District Kindergarten, on Kaurna Country in South Australia, who were named as the Early Learning category winner of the 2023 Narragunnawali Awards. The awards are Australia’s first and only national awards to recognise and celebrate schools and early learning services demonstrating dedication and commitment to implementing reconciliation initiatives. 

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