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Let's make reconciliation real

Together we can build a rich national identity based on mutual respect, trust and understanding.

First Nations peoples still live with the trauma of colonisation, discrimination and racism. There is hurt and distrust and feelings of powerlessness. Not all Australians know and understand the impact of our shared history. Not all Australians value and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and achievements.

This has deeply affected relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people.

An Australia where humanity can thrive

Where we listen to each other and learn about our shared history, including confronting and painful truths. Where we take pride in the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Where we create opportunities for all young people to succeed and be proud of their heritage.

We call on all Australians to do something personal to make reconciliation a reality.

What can we do?

Together we can heal the hurt, build trust and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Together we can listen, learn and celebrate our rich national identity and build stronger relationships.

5 simple steps to help you get started

  1. Download and read our Reconciliation Action Plan which details why and how Reconciliation is in the hearts, minds and actions of Australian Red Cross.
  2. Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and perspectives.
  3. Learn more about the two historic events marked during Reconciliation Week - the 1967 Referendum and Mabo Day.
  4. Make a commitment to do something that is meaningful to you during Reconciliation Week or for reconciliation. Share it on social media or talk about it with your friends and family.
  5. Watch this video to learn the truth behind a well known street in Brisbane.

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