Reconciliation Week – UN Youth To Establish Reconciliation Working Group

By · 27 May, 2020 · Announcements, Blog, Features, News

As National Reconciliation Week begins, we are very excited to announce that UN Youth Australia is establishing our inaugural Reconciliation Working Group. The goal of this Working Group is to create a roadmap for UN Youth Australia’s reconciliation journey in partnership and solidarity with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The initial Working Group will collaborate, research and connect over the next six weeks to lay the foundations for our reconciliation journey, which will then officially begin following National Council 46 in July.

Held each year from 27 May to 3 June, National Reconciliation Week (NRW) provides all Australians with the opportunity to reflect on our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and explore how each of us plays a part in the journey towards reconciliation. This year’s theme, In this together, unifies us around a shared sense of belonging and identity that values and includes the histories, cultures and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“The anniversary dates which mark National Reconciliation Week (NRW) are significant milestones for reconciliation: 27 May – the 1967 Referendum and 3 June – the High Court Mabo decision,” said Reconciliation Australia’s CEO, Karen Mundine.

“Like other important dates we commemorate, the purpose remains the same even if the way we mark it is different,” said Ms Mundine

“We are launching the week on Wednesday 27 May by asking everyone to take to social media to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Country they are on – a way we can all be In this together while being apart.”

2020 marks twenty years since 250,000 Australians walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the across bridges in all capital cities and many other cities and towns around the country.

“The reconciliation bridge walks marked a shift in our national consciousness and twenty years later more than 90% of Australians now support reconciliation, with 80% believing in the importance of formal truth-telling processes,” said Ms Mundine.

Reconciliation Australia is suggesting 20 ways you can be in this together in 2020: here’s a few to start:

  • Be part of the National Acknowledgement of Country: To launch National Reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia is asking everyone to take to social media to acknowledge Country from 12 pm Wednesday 27 May
  • Watch the Panel Discussion about the 2000 bridge walks for reconciliation: Facebook live on Reconciliation Australia Facebook page and ABC Facebook pages. 12 pm – 1 pm Thursday 28 May
  • Show us your bridge walk photo! Were you on a walk for reconciliation in the year 2000 anywhere in Australia? Add your photo and story about your reconciliation bridge walk to social media on the anniversary of the Sydney bridge walk Thursday 28 May #NRW2020 #InThisTogether2020
  • Tune in to In Concert Together: Reconciliation Australia and ABC bring you Busby Marou, Alice Skye, and Jimblah in concert, hosted by Christine Anu on her National Evenings show on ABC Radio AND on Facebook live on Reconciliation Australia Facebook page and ABC Facebook pages.  9 pm – 10 pm Friday 29 May
  • Hire a film for online watching from Reconciliation Film Club

Check out our 20 ways you can be #InThisTogether2020 suggestions and more info at

#NRW2020 #InThisTogether2020

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