Acknowledgment of County
I acknowledge to the east, the Butchulla people, and to the west, the Kabi Kabi people, their connection to country. I pay my respects to the Elders – past and present. I acknowledge the ownership of these people. I acknowledge the Turrbal people, their connection to country. I pay my respects to the Elders – past and present. I acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. I recognise and respect culture and the relationship with the land. I recognise the continued importance of heritage and the beliefs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people living today.
The theme of reconciliation week in 2022 is “Be Brave. Make Change.” The call is to Be Brave and face reconciliation, so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. Reconciliation week 2022 was preceded by the Federal election. Seeing a shift in political ideology has produced visible change.
The image above is announcing a historic change to the backdrop of the Australian Prime Minister. A visible statement during the first address to press at Parliament house. The inclusion of the Aboriginal and the Torres Strait nations flags. The sentiment is clear regarding Labor’s intentions to approach difficult conversations and support the Uluru Statement in becoming a constitutional voice. The Uluru Statement seeks to invite all Australians, to walk in a movement for a better Australia. A Makarrata Commission is part of the Uluru Statement. Intended to oversee the agreement-making and truth-telling about Australian history.
To celebrate Reconciliation Week 2022, we encourage you to visit The Uluru statement online. We also encourage you to review Labor’s policy toward Fulfilling the Promise of Uluru. Reading these can gives us an understanding of the journey Australia is encouraged to take, to Be Brave and Make Change a commitment for the benefit of all Australians.
To participate in Reconciliation week 2022, you can view the Reconciliation Australia events calendar. When you view the Reconciliation Australia events list you can locate activities and events happening in your area of Country (State). If you are in the Brisbane area the University of Queensland has a range of event’s running. Art workshops and online film screenings if you are unable to venture out. You can join Maree McCarthy (online) to talk about Aboriginal Children’s Literature and her novel called Brother Moon. A Yarning Circle – Reconciling Identity will be held on campus. This is an opportunity to listen to the stories of others. Which echoes the sentiment of truth, reconciliation and identity? This is the time for all Australians to learn about shared histories, cultures, and achievements. To explore how to Be Brave and Make Change.
If you would like more interactive experiences search your local Museum. Free entry is offered by most, and the event’s running can enrich your experience and learning of culture. The South Australian Museum is sharing Always on Country. This combines a light installation to encourage reflection of unceded Aboriginal land, staff will be reading stories written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors sitting in the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.
The Ensemble Theatre, Sydney is running A Letter for Molly. This is a moving conversation on reconnecting with family and looking to the future. A free community event is running at Soul Tribe Studio in Batehaven New South Wales. The screening at this location is called In My Blood it Runs. There are many events in this calendar, covering all Countries in Australia. Events are running up to June 11 in some areas of Country.
Reconciliation week is encouraging all Australians to Be Brave and Make Change and for the professionals within community service, health, and mental health care provision, working with vulnerable minors, older members of our communities and people of diverse culture we will be influenced by the progression of the Uluru Statement. Voice, Treaty and Truth will promote conversations to consider more closely issues of social justice and encourage us to Be Brave and support choices to enable people and to Make Change part of our vision in community and service provision.
Working in community we may get the opportunity to participate in RAP. This is a framework, designed (by Reconciliation Australia) to suit organisations at different stages of their reconciliation journey. These stages are Reflect: Scoping capacity for reconciliation, innovate: Implementing reconciliation initiatives, Stretch RAP: Embedding reconciliation and Elevate RAP: Leadership in Reconciliation. Get ahead of workplace expectations and review the Reconciliation Action Plan Framework. You can then develop an understanding of accountability and how we contribute to change when working in our professional roles.
For all Australians reconciliation week is an opportunity to reflect. Take the time to learn the Countries of your local area. Practice writing your own Acknowledgement to Country. Research where to use and how to do this respectfully. There are two types, the Welcome to Country and the Acknowledgment of Country. Research how these differ. We encourage you to enjoy experiences this reconciliation week.
This week Be Brave and consider how you can Make Change.
This article was written by Australian College of Community Services and Care team. ACCSC is a registered training organisation that trains and assesses nationally recognised Australian qualifications in Individual Support, Ageing Support and Disability.