The ANMF has lent its support to this year’s National Reconciliation Week (NRW) campaign, titled “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.”
Running from today (27 May) until next Wednesday (3 June), this year’s theme aims to utilise the growing participation of the Australian community in Invasion Day demonstrations and last year’s Black Lives Matter rallies as the starting point for greater and longer-lasting change.
The organisers of NRW, Reconciliation Australia, citing their 2020 Australian Reconciliation Barometer paper, said that while there is a growing public consciousness around the legacy of colonialism, it should be seen as a springboard for other actions that need to take place.
”’More than a word. Reconciliation takes action,’ asks people to take this awareness and knowledge, and use it as a springboard to more substantive, brave action,” Reconciliation Australia wrote on its NRW campaign website.
“For reconciliation to be effective, it must involve truth-telling, and actively address issues of inequality, systemic racism and instances where the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are ignored, denied or reduced.
“While we see greater support for reconciliation from the Australian people than ever before, we must be more determined than ever if we are to achieve the goals of the movement – a just, equitable, reconciled Australia.”
Those interested in participating in this year’s campaign, virtually or in events across the country, can find more information at the Reconciliation Australia’s NRW website.