In October 2018, Reconciliation Australia and The Healing Foundation brought together experts from around the country for a Truth Telling Symposium. The findings, reflections, and recommendations from the Symposium have now been gathered in a new report on truth-telling in Australia.
The aim of the Truth Telling Symposium was to investigate, foster, and share ways truth-telling can support healing and reconciliation in Australia, focusing on:
- the importance of truth-telling
- truths that need to be told
- different truth-telling practices that might be applicable to Australia
- guiding principles for future truth-telling processes.
Participants shared knowledge and experiences of truth-telling, developing a fuller understanding of what truth-telling ought to look like in the Australian context, and how individuals and communities can safely and respectfully explore truth-telling initiatives.
Delegates discussed the current environment, identified opportunities to progress truth-telling and engage different stakeholders, and explored opportunities for ongoing work, engagement, and collaboration.
To learn more about truth-telling, the findings of the Symposium, and how they may be applied in the Australian context, read the Truth Telling Symposium Report.