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Now More Than Ever – Reconciliation Week 2024

National Reconciliation Week Now More Than Ever

This year’s theme, “Now More Than Ever!” calls is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will —and must —continue.

There have been many moments in Australia’s reconciliation journey that make us want to turn away. But when things are divisive, the worst thing we can do is disengage or disconnect.

Now more than ever, we need to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation. We know that the 6.2 million Australians who voted YES are committed to better outcomes for First Nations people, and are with us.

Reconciliation supporters must stand up to defend and uphold the rights of First Nations peoples. To call out racism wherever we encounter it, and to actively reinforce the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across this continent.

Now more than ever, the work continues. In treaty making, in truth-telling, in understanding our history, in education, and in tackling racism. We need connection. We need respect. We need action. And we need change.  

Now more than ever, we need reconciliation.

Here’s a wrap of all the essential information and resources for you to continue on you and your team’s journey towards reconciliation.

What is National Reconciliation week?

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Posters & Flyers

Download your printable Reconciliation Week 2024 poster below.

Limited posters can be found at Kmart and Target stores nationally.

Individual and Group Commitment Activities

Reconciliation Australia has created a Community Installation Activity, with resources to drawing and/or writing commitments or as a prompt for reflective conversations. Use the community installation activity guide to help design your individual or group NRW 2024 learning activity.

‘Wear it Yellow’ for Children’s Ground

This National Reconciliation Week, ‘Wear it Yellow’ for Children’s Ground and support a bright future for First Nations children and families.

Register your school, workplace, community group or team to hold a fundraiser that will directly support First Nations-led education, health, employment and wellbeing.

Taking part in Wear it Yellow is also an opportunity to celebrate First Nations culture and strength while learning about our shared histories. Begin fundraising to help fund education and wellbeing programs for children and families, on Country and in community.

Wear it Yellow Childrens Ground

Riley Callie Resources Reconcili-ACTION Tree Challenge

Riley Callie Resources Reconcili-ACTION Tree

Riley Callie Resources has a Reconcili-ACTION Tree Challenge to create a whole class or school display highlighting actions you will take for reconciliation.

They would love to see your Reconcili-ACTION Trees, so be sure to join the movement online by tagging them on social media by tagging in #reconciliactiontree #reconciliactiontree2024
#rileycallieresources #nrw2024 #nationalreconciliationweek2024

At the end of NRW Riley Callie Resources will then choose one of your lovely displays that you have tagged them in, and the lovely team over at @chocolateonpurpose have kindly offered to send that class a gift bag of bush flavoured chocolates to share!

Learning Resources & Ideas

Colouring In Page

Download Reconciliation Australia‘s ‘Now More Than Ever’ Colouring In page via link below.

Rosie Paine's Reconciliation Week Colouring in Page

Rosie Paine is a proud Noongar/Yamatji/Wongutha artist has created this stunning Colouring In Page for NRW.

This artwork focuses around the central circle. This circle symbolises coming together. Seated within the circle, the U shapes represent all the people of Australia. The footprints walking towards the circle represent the journey we continue to make as we move towards reconciliation.

The lines encasing the theme words are shaped to symbolise an hourglass timer, further reinforcing that the time is now. The circles within these lines represent the sand passing through, as time passes.

Sitting outside of this hourglass are dotted circles linked by lines leading down to the circle. These are our Elders and Ancestors guiding us and giving us strength as all work towards a more united, more reconciled Australia.

Rosie asks to ensure culturally responsive use of the colouring in, ensure you share the story of the artwork, maintain the name Rosie Made on the colouring page and credit her as the artist.

Narragunnawali Lessons

Narragunnawali provides a comprehensive resource in Early Learning, Primary & Secondary areas. Their resource provides activities that unpack this year’s theme, has a range of age appropriate lessons and extension and steps beyond suggestions.

Each lesson focuses on, educators supporting children to explore the meaning and purpose of this year’s theme. Educators will also consider practical opportunities for bringing the theme into classrooms, around the service, and with the community during NRW and beyond.  

The Narragunnawali program has tools and resources for schools and early learning services to take action towards reconciliation between non-First Nations Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is a highly recommended resource for all Australian education service providers.

Go to the Narragunnawali resources below. You will need to sign in or create an account to access this resource.

Wingaru

Wingaru has created an amazing Reconciliation Week Action Bingo in both a personal or classroom version. They have put together a really great Blog article on activity idea’s for the week.

Work through the Bingo sheet to deepen your understanding of reconciliation and listen to First Nations voices.

To read the Blog and get your Action Bingo click below.

Wingaru also have 2 ‘Now More Than Ever’ colouring in pages available!

Celebrate with children and community

Lemon Myrtle Biscuits
  • Host a morning or afternoon tea and create some delicious bush tucker infused treats, like Wattle Seed Scones with Davidson Plum Jam or Lemon Myrtle biscuits.
  • Host a Yarn Up or Yarning Circle to bring together First Nations families to connect and share stories with non-Indigenous families.
  • Begin your Reconciliation Action Plan journey or make time to review your current Action plan.
  • Work with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to produce an artwork representing the theme.
  • Plant bush tucker plants for children and families to enjoy.
  • Display First Nations posters, books and flag
  • Always have First Nations resources available for children to engage with.

What’s happening in your state or territory?

Every year workplaces, schools, early learning services, community groups, reconciliation groups, and people right across the country host a whole range of activities and events during National Reconciliation Week (NRW).

You can search events registered with Reconciliation Australia below.

NSW

  • Reconciliation NSW is hosting a virtual breakfast. A list of recommended reading and viewing for allies.
  • Kinship Festival, Murwillumbah, Bundjalung Country – 25th May 10am-4pm. The Kinship Festival is an annual event with the aim of connecting children and families to country and a sense of community.
  • We will be having a stall at the Festival so pop in and say ‘Hi’ 👋

VIC

  • Reconciliation VIC has a range of events listed across the state facilitated by community groups.

WA

  • Reconciliation WA have a range of exciting in-person and online events across Perth and regional WA.

Know of an event happening? Let us know in the comments so we can add it in!

References/ Further Reading

Children’s Ground, https://childrensground.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/

Narragunnawali, https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/

Reconciliation Australia, https://www.reconciliation.org.au/our-work/national-reconciliation-week/

Reconciliation NSW – Recommended Viewing list for Allies

Reconciliation NSW – Recommended Reading list for Allies

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