National Reconciliation Week

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What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time to learn about our shared Australian history, culture and achievements. Celebrated between May 27 to June 3 every year, it encourages us to explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation Australia is celebrating its 20th year of operations, with the theme for the 2020 National Reconciliation Week: In This Together.

How is Bridge Housing celebrating National Reconciliation Week?

To celebrate National Reconciliation Week Bridge, Housing suggests ways you can get involved while maintaining safe social distancing, many from the comfort of your own home! 

Following a launch get-together with members from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group (ATTAG) in February, we have received final approval to publish our   pdf Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2020-2022 (3.14 MB) .

EuniceThe RAP 2020-2022 sets out Bridge Housing’s vision for engaging with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, staff and stakeholders. The document contains a series of actions that Bridge Housing has committed to delivering under core themes: respect, relationships and opportunities. You can read more about the RAP here.

Bridge Housing is encouraging tenants to celebrate National Reconciliation Week with friends and relatives and learn about our shared history.

Resident video: Having a yarn with Eunice

We have created an inspiring video of Bridge Housing resident and Gomeroi woman Eunice (left) talking about what reconciliation and home mean to her. Watch the video here.

How can you celebrate National Reconciliation Week?

It is still important to celebrate Nation Reconciliation Week, despite many local services remaining closed and events having been cancelled. Learn below how you can acknowledge National Reconciliation Week.

Visit the Reconciliation Australia website

Reconciliation Australia has listed the ways you are able to get involved during National Reconciliation Week:

  • National Acknowledgement of Country
  • Panel discussion: Reconciliation Bridge Walks of 2000
  • In Concert Together: Deadly musos live in concern
  • Reconciliation film club screenings.

To find out more information visit their website.

Exploring your local area  

Visiting Aboriginal sites in your local area and learning about the history of these places sites can be an important part of your reconciliation journey. There are many sites you can visit in the Sydney area and surrounds. Use the links below to guide your exploration of different sites of importance across the Sydney CBD and outer suburbs:

Cooking

Redfern-based organisation National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) has easy and delicious recipes to try, such as Damper or Lemon Myrtle Butter Biscuits. You can find the recipes that Aunty Beryl has shared on the NCIE Website.

Dreamtime stories

This National Reconciliation Week we’re encouraging Bridge Housing families and children to draw, paint, colour or create art online illustrating their favourite Dreamtime Story. There are great Dreamtime stories to read here or

Watch Australian-made Dreamtime story videos by clicking the links below:

Tidilick the Frog

Girawu the Goanna

Biladurang the Platypus

Wayambeh the Turtle

We’d love to share your art with our online community. Send photos of your Dreamtime Art to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday 31st  May. We’ll post any artwork we receive on our Facebook Page.

Discover what virtual events are available this week by visiting National Reconciliation Week Events page.

More information

To deepen your awareness of Australia’s history, Bridge Housing encourages you to visit the following websites: