Australia celebrates Harmony Day each year on 21 March in recognition of our multiculturalism and cultural diversity.
It’s a day to promote inclusiveness, belonging and respect, and is an opportunity to think about how we can grow our understanding of different cultures and share our own with others.
More than half of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas. Victoria is one of the most multicultural places in the world, and we reap the benefits of this through many amazing restaurants, a variety of cultural events and access to global knowledge.
Australia is privileged to have First Nations Australians who practise the oldest continuous culture in the world, and we recognise their culture and caretaking of the land as we acknowledge the many new and emerging cultures and languages found in our country.
Importantly, while we celebrate the togetherness of Harmony Day, we remember that it is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – as acknowledged by the United Nations since 1979.
As we launch the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy today, and we encourage, facilitate and strengthen CFA’s approach to cultural diversity, we acknowledge that racism is still an issue and support our members who may have experienced this.
- Find out more about how CFA is embracing cultural diversity, and how you can participate. Read the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy here.
- Read about some great work our brigades are doing to help celebrate CFA and cultural diversity. This includes community engagement activities undertaken by our brigades which are published on Members Online.
- Learn about the current national anti-racism campaign: Racism. It stops with me
- Learn about culture inclusion and Indigenous inclusion on CFA’s Learning Hub.
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