What is means to be Australian

Being Australian is all about being inclusive, accepting and celebrating our diversity. That diversity of beliefs and culture forms the foundation of who we are as a nation. At the very heart of that foundation are our First Australians.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are our original pioneers and custodians. Their history, their culture and their beliefs have a sacred place in the DNA of our nation. That’s why I am supporting this year’s National Reconciliation Week. Events like Reconciliation Week provide a great way for all Australians to learn more about our First Australians, from Western Australia to the Torres Strait Islands, our country has a rich and vibrant Indigenous history which we should celebrate together.

Reconciliation is all about sharing cultures and understanding each other better. This year’s theme Let’s talk Recognition is also our chance to recognise the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made to the nation. Who could forget Cathy Freeman taking home an Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000? Or the amazing success of tennis great, Evonne Goolagong-Cawley? These Indigenous leaders have inspired and shaped our nation.

So this National Reconciliation Week, get together with your workmates, family and friends, and let’s talk more about how we can all support reconciliation.

By Sunrise Co-host David Koch

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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