National Reconciliation Week is a time for Australians to learn about our shared histories, achievements and contributions to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Reconciliation is about strengthening and celebrating the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The theme for this year’s Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June) is ‘In this Together’. The message is that each of us has a role to play and we should continue to build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.
The Victorian Government, including Aboriginal Victoria, has a broad range of projects and initiatives working towards a better future for Aboriginal Victorians. For example, the Victorian Rural Women’s Network encourages rural Victorian, Indigenous women who are connected to agriculture or the agriculture supply chain to apply to its Leadership and Mentoring Program.
Agriculture Victoria and the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owners Corporations have recently partnered to support Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal Victorians to lead the development of Victoria’s native food and botanicals industry.
Under the Djakitjuk Djanga program (meaning Country’s food), grants of up to $200,000 (excluding GST) are available to eligible Aboriginal businesses and organisations to help overcome key resource-related barriers to commercially producing native plants for use as food and botanicals.
So how will you mark National Reconciliation Week 2020? Find out more at reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week. Share your stories and virtual celebrations on social media using the hashtags #NRW2020 and #InThisTogether2020.