Reconciliation in Parliament has been taking in place annually in the NSW Parliament since 2006. The program aims to continue the NSW Parliament’s bi-partisan commitment to reconciliation. The events provide an opportunity for parliamentarians to hear the voices of Aboriginal peoples on issues that affect them, and to provide a forum for positive dialogue. Developed as a partnership between ANTaR NSW and the NSW Reconciliation Council, the Reconciliation in Parliament series has profiled a number of key issues in NSW, such as youth incarceration, stolen wages and housing.
The most recent Reconciliation in Parliament event was a panel discussion and Q&A session on the topics of language, culture and healing. The panellists were the Hon Leslie Williams MP, NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs; the Hon Linda Burney MP, Deputy Opposition Leader; Aden Ridgeway from The Healing Foundation; Diane McNaboe, Wiradjuri language teacher and expert; and Shane Philips, from the Tribal Warrior Association.