This week is National Reconciliation Week, a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, achievements and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. It is an opportunity to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation.
Between Monday 27 May and Monday 3 June, we commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the 1967 Referendum which included Aboriginal people within the constitution and the High Court Mabo decision, which acknowledged the unique connection with the land for Aboriginal people.
Many of our established climbing areas have significant meaning to the traditional custodians of the land. As climbers, it is important to understand the cultural heritage of the Traditional Owners and to preserve and respect the traditional owners connection to the land.
This year, the theme of National Reconciliation Week is ‘Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage’.
“To foster positive race relations, the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community must be grounded in truth. Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.” Reconciliation Victoria
ACAV encourages all its members to take a moment to reflect on the significance of this week and to participate in National Reconciliation Week activities happening across the state. You can also plan your own event. To find a list of events taking place in your area please visit https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/nrw-events/
From the ACAV Interim Committee