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National Reconciliation Week
This Saturday 27 May through to 3 June marks the start of National Reconciliation Week.
National Reconciliation Week is a week for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, cultures and achievements and learn about what each of us can do to support the national reconciliation effort.
The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey and in 2017 we mark 50 years since the 1967 referendum recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian law.
We also mark 25 years since the historic Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land.
For CFA National Reconciliation Week is a time to reflect on what more we can do to improve Aboriginal inclusion and respect across our organisation. A luncheon will be held at CFA Headquarters on Wednesday 31 May, to reflect and learn more about Indigenous culture from Aboriginal cultural facilitator, Daniel Walker and a respected Wurundjeri Elder.
Chief Officer Steve Warrington said CFA is proud to recognise its indigenous members and all its members who have worked in their communities to promote Aboriginal cultural awareness.
“We launched our very first Koori Inclusion Action Plan or KIAP two years ago during National Reconciliation Week,” Chief Officer Warrington said.
“We have worked hard to make CFA a more welcoming organisation to the Koori community.
“We now have an Aboriginal painting in every District office and plaques to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land.
“It is important that CFA embraces Aboriginal culture and history because there are some very important lessons for us particularly in relation to fire and traditional burning.
“To help spread the word about KIAP and to help our members understand more about Aboriginal culture we have developed a website.
“The KIAP website is a great resource for our members and you will find some inspiring stories from our CFA Aboriginal members.
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2017 is ‘let’s take the next steps’, so think about what you can do in your District, Region or Brigade to learn more and actively take part in improving Aboriginal inclusion
To visit the KIAP website click here.