National Reconciliation Week
Let's walk the talk
To mark National Reconciliation Week, the City of Sydney will develop its first reconciliation action plan to help build respect, relationships and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Staff from across the organisation and members of the City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel will develop the plan.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the plan would detail the City’s contribution to reconciliation in Australia, as well as ways to create greater equality within the organisation and across Sydney.
"This plan is an important step on the journey to reconciliation and follows on from our important Eora Journey program – a set of visionary art, cultural and economic projects that celebrate the living culture of our First Peoples," the Lord Mayor said.
The first Eora Journey art project was completed last year with the launch of the Redfern Terrace, by artist Reko Rennie and local young people. The second Eora Journey project, by Tony Albert, will be installed in Hyde Park South in 2015 to commemorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers.
National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June, a week that commemorates 2 significant anniversaries:
- the 1967 referendum that formally recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the census
- the High Court Mabo decision, which put native title into Australia law.
The City is now working on our third NAIDOC in the City event – a fun family day of cultural events and activities in Hyde Park on 7 July.
The theme for this year's National Reconciliation Week is 'Let’s walk the talk', which encourages all Australians to sign up for the Recognise campaign.
The campaign seeks to recognise the first chapter of the country’s history within the constitution, specifically that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples lived on the land for more than 40,000 years.
Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong welcomed the City’s contribution to reconciliation.
"I welcome Australia’s largest and oldest city to the reconciliation action plan community and look forward to Sydney continuing its support and recognition of the ancient history and cultures of the First Peoples who have called the Sydney region home for more than 50,000 years.
"The Reconciliation Action Plan is a proven model for changing the culture within 500 organisations and driving real outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to prosper in our modern society," Ms Armstrong said.
NAIDOC week is a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples past and present, not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians in all walks of life.
Join us on Monday 7 July from 11am – 3pm in Hyde Park for a special celebration of food, song, dance and art.
Last updated: Monday, 26 May 2014