IN THIS TOGETHER
“This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme says, we are ‘In this together’. That theme is resonating now in ways we could not have foreseen when it was developed last year, but it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all in this together,” Karen Mundine CEO, Reconciliation Australia
What is the theme for 2020?
Reconciliation Australia announced the theme for National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2020 is In This Together. It encourages all Australians to reflect on the part they play – whether big or small – on our journey towards reconciliation. Reconciliation Australia’s chief executive, Karen Mundine, added that this year’s theme takes on a new meaning in the context of COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing measures. “As this year’s National Reconciliation Week theme says, we are ‘In this together’. That theme is resonating now in ways we could not have foreseen when it was developed last year, but it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all in this together,” Mundine said.
“This year’s NRW 2020 will be entirely online, a way of life we have all become very familiar with in the past couple of months. “We are launching on Wednesday 27 May by asking everyone to take to social media to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Country so we can all be in this together, even when we’re apart physically.”
WorkPac prides itself on its commitment to Reconciliation. We strive to engage with community wherever possible to assist with their needs and wants and to increase employment and training opportunities for our First Nations peoples. Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2020 clarifies our commitments and our team works daily to achieve these outcomes. With the support of our JobTrail division, the WorkPac Group has 7% Indigenous employment across its workforce and many valued partnerships with Aboriginal groups and organisations.
Reconciliation Australia has suggested 20 ways to be #InThisTogether in 2020. As a company, we are spread across regional and rural Australia with a lot of our staff still working from home during COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, our staff will work through these 20 suggestions to make sure they are all personally involved.
Connect online for the
- Tune Reconciliation Bridge Walks of 2000: Paving the path for reconciliationFacebook Live 12pm Thursday 28 May
- In 9pm Friday 29 May
Host an online screening of a
Read your virtual copy of
on our website
Host a virtual book club or reading room with our reconciliation
to display in your virtual meetings
- Download the poster
Groove out or chill with our reconciliation channel on
during Reconciliation Week.
Learn more about
for NRW 2020
and share with your friends
Learn about the history of the
held across Australia 20 years ago
Share your photos and memories of the
on social with the hashtags: #InThisTogether2020 and #NRW2020
Watch the documentary
via Vimeo and check out their free screenings for schools
Follow Reconciliation Australia on social, and
Cook a dish using native ingredients from your local area and share a photo
Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and enterprises
Get creative and hold your own virtual NRW 2020 event with family and friends
Stay safe and healthy, and be involved with your local community – because we are #InThisTogether2020.
*(all times AEST)
History of National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is 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.
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. NRW is preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May.
This year also marks twenty years since the monumental display of support for reconciliation, when around 250,000 Australians walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The People’s Walk for Reconciliation, (as the bridge walk was titled) had a profound impact on those who participated, and a roll-on effect around the country. By the end of the year 2000, the walks for reconciliation held right across the country became the largest display of public support for a single cause in Australian history.
For further information on NRW, please go to https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/