Reconciliation – more than a word

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National Reconciliation Week, 27 May – 3 June, is a week for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, cultures and achievements as well as learn about what we can do to support national reconciliation.

 

This year’s theme ‘More Than a Word – Reconciliation Takes Action’ encourages us to take braver more impactful action.

Reconciliation is a journey for all of us, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

For CFA, National Reconciliation Week is a time to reflect on what we can do to improve Aboriginal inclusion and respect across our organisation.

CFA has a strong relationship with Indigenous communities and is committed to continuing to improve inclusion and engagement with traditional owners to better protect and care for country.

Members can participate in National Reconciliation Week by:

Learning about shared histories and cultures

1. Undertake the Indigenous Inclusion module either individually or with your brigade or work team.

  • What was something you found interesting?
  • Were there any parts that you found challenging? Why?
  • What role do you think you play in creating a safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?
  • What will you do with this (new information)/ what will you do differently now that you know more?

2. Check out the resources on the Koori Inclusion Action Plan website

3. Watch: It Starts With Respect – CFA Koori Engagement Guidelines and the Kanyini documentary

4. Discover more about the Traditional Owners of your area - Recognised Traditional Owners

5. Engage with local Traditional Owners for an immersive cultural experience, e.g. smoking ceremony*

6. Read:


Participate in an online workshop to review CFA’s 
Aboriginal Engagement Guidelines

You are invited to participate in an online workshop from 3-4.30pm, Thursday 3 June to inform a review of CFA’s Aboriginal Engagement Guidelines. Register by email: koori-inclusion@cfa.vic.gov.au:

Seek out local events* **

Seek out other National Reconciliation Week events in your local area by contacting your local government or Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP)*, or find some events listed at Reconciliation Australia – 2021 Events

* National Reconciliation Week marks a busy time for some Registered Aboriginal Parties so please respect if it takes some time for these organisations to get back to you with bookings

** Please ensure you follow all current Coronavirus restrictions

Visible Support

  • Add a virtual background when participating in online meetings
  • Respectfully use #NRW2021 and #MoreThanAWord hashtags on social media platforms
  • Fly the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander flags at CFA locations
  • Take photos of your event/s and include them in promotional resources and documents, on social media etc

Further Information

 

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