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In this together

27 May 2020

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which I live. I acknowledge the truth of their dispossession and the continuing impact. I respect the traditional owners for their strength and resilience. I learn from them; always. I pay my respects to their elders, both past and present, and their emerging leaders. I look forward to a nation which has healed because we have faced the truth and as a result we have genuine reconciliation. We will be stronger together as we all take pride in the ancient histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To all my colleagues, today marks the start of a very special week. A week in which we reflect as individuals, families, communities and organisations about the reconciliation journey we are all on. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

There are many events planned for this week. I encourage you to participate in the National Acknowledgement of Country today at 12pm, be it via sharing on your social media, or through a silent reflection. Watch this video from Reconciliation Australia on "Our History. Our Story. Our Future" and adopt the email signature to show your support.

Participate in a Walk for Reconciliation

I mentioned last week that I plan to take a Walk for Reconciliation to learn more about the history of the land I’m on. You can do the same and participate in a walk to a local area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural or historical significance – and document and share it amongst your teams, departments and social media.

And don’t forget to join Reconciliation Australia on Thursday 28 May at 12pm for a panel discussion – 20 years on: Crossing Bridges for Reconciliation. Hosted by ABC Speaking Out’s Larissa Behrendt, the panel members will reflect on the bridge walks of 2000 and the role of reconciliation since that historic moment.

That’s all for this week. I hope you spend some time to reflect, connect with one another, dig a little deeper, have those difficult conversations and champion the role we play in reconciliation.

Talk to you next week.