First Nations peoples still live with the trauma of colonisation, discrimination and racism. There is hurt and distrust and feelings of powerlessness. Not all Australians know and understand the impact of our shared history. Not all Australians value and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and achievements.
This has deeply affected relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people.
Where we listen to each other and learn about our shared history, including confronting and painful truths. Where we take pride in the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Where we create opportunities for all young people to succeed and be proud of their heritage.
We call on all Australians to do something personal to make reconciliation a reality.
Together we can heal the hurt, build trust and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Together we can listen, learn and celebrate our rich national identity and build stronger relationships.
Download and read our Reconciliation Action Plan which details why and how Reconciliation is in the hearts, minds and actions of Australian Red Cross.
Make a commitment to do something that is meaningful to you during Reconciliation Week or for reconciliation. Share it on social media or talk about it with your friends and family.
Learn more about the design of our Red Cross Traditional Owner Acknowledgement Sign, the artist who created it and how First Nations culture and learning has been integrated into our workplace as part of our ongoing journey towards reconciliation.
Watch this video to learn the truth behind a well known street in Brisbane.