National Reconciliation Week is a chance for all schools to reflect and learn more about our shared history in Australia.
2022 theme, 'Be Brave. Make Change' challenges us all to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation.
During the week, from Friday 27 May to Friday 3 June 2022, Reconciliation Australia is asking everyone to make change for the benefit of all Australians, beginning with brave actions in their daily lives – where they live, work and socialise.
What you can do
Schools across the state are rising to this challenge, embedding reconciliation in the classroom and fostering knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
Reconciliation Australia has resources to help you teach students about reconciliation, at Narragunnawali.
You can use the free reconciliation in education resource to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and learn about how Elisabeth Murdoch College has used a RAP in its journey towards reconciliation.
The college has also shared other ideas to get the whole school community talking about reconciliation and our shared culture throughout the week, including:
- a flag-raising ceremony, coordinated by Koorie students
- student workshops, coordinated by Koorie student leaders
- a Reconciliation Walk, led by Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association
- a Koorie school breakfast club event, featuring lemon myrtle mini muffins.
Yoorrook Justice Commission
In March 2022, the Victorian Government launched the Yoorrook Justice Commission to promote understanding among all Victorians of the impact of colonisation and the diversity, strength and resilience of First Peoples' cultures.
The commission will recommend items to include in future treaties and actions to support healing, including through education policy and curriculum.
The Yoorrook Justice Commission interim report is due July 2022, with the final report due for release in June 2024.
Find out more
For more information, refer to: