National Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May–3 June and is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
To help you celeb rate Reconciliation Week we have given you our top 4 ways to celebrate and introduce Reconciliation Week into your centres.
Share Stories Of Culture With The Children
Invite an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Elder to come in and share stories of their culture with the children.
View animated videos of Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, such as:
Girawu the Goanna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWvoTZxvEs8
Tiddalick the Frog https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y3Ta5xcKV4
The rainbow serpent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCuuRRrfOXo
Biladurang the platypus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDl5QwAR8DI
How the Kangaroo got its pouch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sWFAGGWvUA
Wayambeh the Turtle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpzDvpZ0hMg
Read popular Dreamtime stories such as Eaglehawk and Crow, Emu and the Jabiru, How the water got to the plains, Illawarra and the five islands and Red Waratah. These are stories the kids will love.
Host A Reconciliation Morning Tea For Families
Prepare and/or cook traditional foods eaten by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples (e.g. bush tucker) to share at a morning tea. If possible, ask an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Elder to come in and cook with the children as an incursion.
Gather with family, friends, centres wider community members to enjoy a morning tea of traditional food eaten by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. Discuss the ingredients used to make the food and how these were sourced, collected and prepared for cooking purposes. Compare similarities and differences between these foods and the foods we consume today.
Welcome to and Acknowledgement of Country
Discuss the importance of Country to the indigenous people. Explore the meaning of key vocabulary such as ancestors, Elders, spirits, community, courage, strength, integrity, values, creation, respect, nurtured and traditional lands.
Ask a Traditional Owner, or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who has been given permission from Traditional Owners, to welcome visitors to their country.
Give an Acknowledgement of Country to show respect for Traditional Owners and the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country.
We know that the kids love telling us stories so why not use this as an opportunity to create a yarning circle. Establish a themed indoor/outdoor area that can be used to host your Yarning circle. A natural bush setting with logs/rocks/seats/cushions for children to sit on during discussions is a great way to encourage shared connections to the land and nature.
Provide time for Children, Educators and Community members to attend the Yarning circle to share similarities and differences, have discussions about the importance of reconciliation, and open the communication lines between Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of your Centres community.