ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Enter the ACTCOSS 2019 National Reconciliation Week Draw!

23 April 2019

Would you like to enter a draw for over $300 worth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources for your workplace?

Resources include items such as: AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia, The Little Red Yellow Black Book, Ngunnawal Plant Use Book, and more.

In recognition of Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focussed public holiday in the ACT, Reconciliation Day, and National Reconciliation Week, the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) is inviting ACT community sector workplaces to share in one page (approximately 400 words) or less:

"Describe how your workplace has engaged with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and enabled your staff to learn more about the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander perspective on the history of this nation."

Enter the draw here

Closing date: 5pm Monday 3 June 2019.

Draw date: Thursday 6 June 2019 at the ACTCOSS Budget Forum.

With permission, your entry and the name of your workplace will be published on the ACTCOSS website www.actcoss.org.au.

Please contact ACTCOSS if you have any questions:
Phone: 02 6202 7200
Email: [email protected]

Reconciliation Day: Monday 27 May 2019

Australia's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focussed public holiday, 'Reconciliation Day' will be held in the ACT each year on the first Monday on or after the 1967 Referendum anniversary day of 27 May - the start of National Reconciliation Week.

National Reconciliation Week: Monday 27 May to Monday 3 June 2019

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2019 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. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history. Our nation’s past is reflected in the present, and will continue to play out in future unless we heal historical wounds. Today, 80 per cent of Australians believe it is important to undertake formal truth telling processes, according to the 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer. Australians are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other. Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage. 

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. 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.