Published Jun 02 2023
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 27 May - 3 June is a time for us to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Merri Health is strongly committed to closing the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and non-Indigenous people, as well as supporting reconciliation through initiatives that promote respect, equity and recognition.
“To ensure we have meaningful outcomes, respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their culture and knowledge must remain central to our work,” Merri Health CEO Tassia Michaleas said.
Each year NRW falls between 27 May and 3 June, two significant dates that are important milestones in the journey. The successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
The theme is 'Be a Voice for Generations', which encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise. Learn more about the theme here.
Want to show your support? Here's 5 easy ways how.
- Deliver an Acknowledgement of Country in gatherings or meetings.
- Celebrate culture! Attend an event or host your own! See what NRW events are near you.
- Broaden your knowledge base – subscribe to the Koori Mail or watch a film!
- Be a brave ally.
- Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Contractors, suppliers, producers, catering, gifts, the list goes on!
View our Reconciliation Action Plan.
Reconciliation Australia said: "Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples".