Reconciliation takes place in the hearts and minds of all Australians, and through people working together to change communities, workplaces, sectors and organisations around the country.
There is a strong desire within the Australian community to make amends for the past, to recognise and value the unique status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to work towards a future where all Australians enjoy their rights, accept their responsibilities, and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
The people's movement encourages all Australians to take practical steps to improving community relations to make a difference. Following the Apology many Australians have thought about what they can do to progress the peoples movement and how they can contribute to creating a reconciled Australia.
Some practical activities you can undertake to progress the Reconciliation movement in your community includes forming a Reconciliation Action Plan in your workplace and developing a Local Reconciliation Group. The NSW Reconciliation Council encourages the establishment and development of local reconciliation groups. These groups are the cornerstone of reconciliation and are a great source of community information and inspiration.
The power of people to work together within communities to achieve reconciliation is demonstrated by the growing number and diversity of local projects and initiatives.
Sustaining the Reconciliation Process is a document that outlines actions Australians can take to support reconciliation. Local Symbols of Reconciliation - What Can We Do! is a great resource to help community members develop local symbols of reconciliation.
For more information and some tips to get started, read or download our quick guide below:
This information was adapted from the Council For Aboriginal Reconciliation Final Report: Reconciliation Australia's Challenge.