National Reconciliation Week

27 May – 3 June 2024

National Reconciliation Week plays an integral role in the University’s cultural life. It is a time to reflect on our action towards achieving reconciliation and for celebrating the voices and influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across our campuses.

The National Reconciliation Week theme for 2024, "Now More Than Ever", is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will —and must —continue.

There have been many moments in Australia’s reconciliation journey that make us want to turn away. But when things are divisive, the worst thing we can do is disengage or disconnect.

Now more than ever, we need to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation. We know that the 6.2 million Australians who voted YES are committed to better outcomes for First Nations people, and are with us.

Reconciliation supporters must stand up to defend and uphold the rights of First Nations peoples. To call out racism wherever we encounter it, and to actively reinforce the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across this continent.

Now more than ever, the work continues. In treaty making, in truth-telling, in understanding our history, in education, and in tackling racism. We need connection. We need respect. We need action. And we need change.  

Now more than ever, we need reconciliation.

We recognise the path to reconciliation is a collective responsibility. In 2021 we launched the One Sydney, Many People Strategy (2021-2024)This whole-of-University commitment to developing stronger and more accountable partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our broader community is the foundation of long-term, achievable and sustained change towards reconciliation.

We invite our community to join us in our commitment by improving your cultural competence, learning about the action we are taking as a University and learning about the significance of repatriation for reconciliaton.

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