What does Reconciliation mean to me? Tammy

National Reconciliation Week 2018

During National Reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia invites all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, share that knowledge and help us grow together as a nation.

This year, the theme of National Reconciliation Week is “Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow”.

To celebrate #NRW2018, Tammy Prior, a member of the Generation One team shared her thoughts on Reconciliation.

What does Reconciliation mean to me?

I am a proud Indigenous Women with Ballardong Noongar, Wadjarri Yamatji and West Kimberley Nyul Nyul heritage.

I work for GenerationOne which is an initiative of Minderoo Foundation which works towards ending Indigenous disparity.

Reconciliation to me means “coming together and moving forward”.

How do we do that? Well, a good starting point is education.

This is what National Reconciliation Week is all about.

With education comes a greater understanding, acknowledgement and respect for the history of first Australians.

That said, there is no hiding behind the fact that reconciliation is a long process which involves relationship building and healing.

This is why I am so passionate about the work of GenerationOne.

Through our campaigns, we aim to break down stereotypes and discrimination by sharing stories of success and opportunity.

GenOne collaborates with and promotes other organisations that are doing good work in the fields of education and employment.

We should celebrate and embrace Australia for what it is, a very multicultural society with one of the oldest and richest cultures in the world…. Our First Australians.

National Reconciliation Week (#NRW2018) takes place between Sunday 27 May and Sunday 3 June.