Reconciliation in 2020

Reflecting on the last few months, it is without doubt that the Covid- 19 pandemic has taken its toll on us all in different ways, as individuals and businesses. At NEMMS JV, we made the necessary changes, including stand downs and working from home to keep supporting our operating sites. During this period we found new ways to connect, to collaborate and to grow together.

It is timely that this week is National Reconciliation Week (27th May to 3rd June) and the 2020 theme is “In this together.” This theme echoes the sentiment of the last few months and as Reconciliation Australia says “it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation we are all in this together.”

Today, the 26th May, we acknowledge Sorry Day. National Sorry Day recognises the negative impact that Australian policies, practices and attitudes have had on First People.

At NEMMS JV we want to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week and even though we can no longer run our planned annual events at our sites across WA it is important to us to share with our NEMMS JV community the importance of the reconciliation movement.

Reconciliation Australia shares the milestones of the 2020 celebrations on their website:

In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.

Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution.

2020 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when people came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation and show their support for a more reconciled Australia.

As always, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and Australians now benefit from the efforts and contributions of people committed to reconciliation in the past.

Today we work together to further that national journey towards a fully reconciled country.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another.

On this journey, Australians are all In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

Head to the Reconciliation Australia website for details on online events taking place, including a panel discussion, welcome to country and a Reconciliation Week Concert.