Reconciliation Australia welcomes proposed Reconciliation Day for the ACT
Reconciliation Australia today welcomes a proposed Reconciliation Day holiday for the ACT from Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Chris Bourke.
“Measures like these that value and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage as a proud part of a shared national identity are unifying, and work to advance reconciliation in our nation,” said Justin Mohamed, CEO of Reconciliation Australia.
Reconciliation Australia also supports further proposed measures to engage local communities through an extensive consultative process.
At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Reconciliation Australia’s recent State of Reconciliation in Australia report showed that eightysix per cent of Australians see the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians as important. Almost three in four say they believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hold a unique place as the First Australians.
“We are at a critical time in Australia’s history, where reconciliation is an increasingly important part of the national conversation,” Mr. Mohamed said. “The clear message of this conversation is that until we achieve true reconciliation, we fall short of reaching our full potential.
“Measures like these acknowledge that if we believe in fairness and justice for everyone, and know that our diversity makes us richer, we can come together to make a nation we can all be proud of,” Mr. Mohamed added.
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