Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are among the most disadvantaged people in the country.
But it doesn't have to be this way. As a Red Cross member you can take symbolic and practical steps to make a positive difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Inspire - Connect - Act
Follow one or all of these simple steps to be a champion for reconciliation in your everyday life.
Reconciliation is learning the truths in our nation's history.
The impact of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is shocking and confronting. Racism, forced assimilation and discrimination have devastated the lives of many Indigenous people and continues to impact negatively on their lives today.
Indigenous people live 10-17 years less than other Australians, have a higher unemployment rate, are being jailed at rates 13 times greater than non-Indigenous people and are more likely to experience racism compared to non-Indigenous Australians.
It has also deeply affected the relationship between First Australians and non-Indigenous Australians.
Watch this video to learn the truth behind a well known street in Brisbane.
Download and read our Reconciliation Action Plan which details why and how Reconciliation is in the hearts, minds and actions of Australian Red Cross.
Talk about why you support Reconciliation
Red Cross' vision for reconciliation
- That Australia's First Nations peoples share a prosperous, safe and healthy future with all other Australians.
Humanity in Action - At Red Cross we are playing our part by:
As a Red Cross member - you're inspired to take steps to make a positive difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Show your support for Reconciliation on social media:
You can encourage your friends and family on social media to support reconciliation and learn the truths in our nation's history. Here are some suggested posts to share our Reconciliation Week video, or try your own ideas.
Facebook, Instagram, Google + and LinkedIn
It's Reconciliation Week. Reconciliation is learning the truths in our nation's history. It's confronting but part of the healing. See the shocking past of this famous street in Brisbane. Do you know the true history of where you live? #NRW2016 https://vimeo.com/168123205
Reconciliation is learning the truths in our nation's history. It's confronting but part of the healing. https://vimeo.com/168123205 #NRW2016
Never underestimate the power of your words and actions
Join a national conversation by capturing reconciliation in action and uploading images to social media. Don't forget to use the National Reconciliation Week hashtag #NRW2016 and tag @RedCrossAU
Attend a local Reconciliation Week event - look online.
Make a commitment to do something that is meaningful to you to do during Reconciliation Week or for reconciliation. Share it on social media or talk about it with your friends and family.
Learn more about the two historic events marked during Reconciliation Week - google the 1967 Referendum and Mabo Day.
Learn more about the true history of where you live. Visit the local museum, contact the local Aboriginal Land Council or Elders group.
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