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Hundreds of community-run activities will highlight the resilience and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout National Reconciliation Week (NRW), which runs from 27 May to 3 June.


This year’s week, which is based around the theme of “Be Brave. Make Change.” is, according to organisers Reconciliation Australia, “a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.”

Nurses and midwives are encouraged to look at the NRW website, which contains a list of 22 possible actions that people can take to support First Peoples all year, as well as a list of events – including art exhibitions, movie nights, cooking classes and more – that celebrate the presence of one of the world’s oldest ongoing cultures.

This year’s National Reconciliation Week is the 27th edition of the event, created by the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 1996 after initially commencing as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993.

The week takes place on the same dates every year, which occurs the day after National Sorry Day (26 May). It acknowledges the historical mistreatment and colonial harm committed against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their ongoing resilience and survival.