Welcome to Reconciliation Australia's temporary
A new website is being developed which we hope to have up and running
soon. In the meantime, we have provided some basic information here about
Reconciliation Australia and about this year's National Reconciliation
Week. You can also register
your interest in Reconciliation Australia.
Donate online today - to our online
Keeping The Flame Alive
: National Reconciliation Week - May 27 June 3, 2001
Last year a million Australians took part in walks for reconciliation
all over the country, and the Sydney 2000 Olympics and its torch relay
reflected strong reconciliation themes. National Reconciliation Week (NRW)
2001 is a great chance for all of us to maintain the momentum and ensure
that this annual week of celebration and commitment to reconciliation
remains a major event on the national calendar.
This years theme, Keeping the Flame Alive, draws on the spirit of
last years Corroboree 2000 events, the peoples walks for reconciliation,
the Olympic torch relay and the flame-lighting ceremonyall highlighting
Australias desire for reconciliation. Reconciliation Australia is
working with others to keep that spirit alive during NRW 2001 through
public events and ceremonies between May 27 and June 3.
May 27 marks the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and June 3 is the
anniversary of the High Courts Mabo case decision in 1992. Keeping
the flame alive isnt just for NRW beyond that, it means
working together to deliver tangible outcomes which really make a difference.
Click here to see a selection of events planned for National Reconciliation
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What Can You Do?
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to seek new
pathways to reconciliation in their communities, workplaces, institutions
and homes. It is a chance to reflect on progress to date, what remains
to be done, and how to move forward. Many people are already organising
events and activities a few are listed in this flyer. You can:
- Hold a public ceremony or BBQ promoting reconciliation.
- Develop a Local Symbol of Reconciliation using the kit available from
- Consult locally about what practical steps are needed for reconciliation
in your community.
- Invite an Indigenous speaker to your school, or learn more about the
Indigenous history of your area.
- Adopt a local commitment to the national reconciliation documents
launched last year at Corroboree 2000.
- Support Reconciliation Australia, the new body set up to provide a
continuing national focus for reconciliation.
- Buy a Flame of Reconciliation candle from any store of
The Body Shop.
- Place the poster on the reverse of this flyer in a prominent place
in your workplace, organisation, school or home.
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We Need Your Help
To stay alive, reconciliation needs more than just goodwill. It also
requires your active contribution and financial support.
Reconciliation Australia is the independent, nonprofit body established
to provide a national focus for reconciliation since the Council for Aboriginal
Reconciliation ended its work in December 2000. It aims to deliver real
outcomes for reconciliation through forging innovative partnerships to:
achieve social and economic equity for Indigenous peoples; strengthen
the peoples movement for reconciliation; facilitate constructive
discussion on Indigenous peoples rights; and build a framework for
a shared future.
Reconciliation Australia will report on progress towards these goals,
circulate information, encourage partnerships and provide forums for discussion.
We need your help to continue the work and to make reconciliation a reality.
If you are not already on our mailing list, you can register
with us as a reconciliation supporter and help make a difference to
this national cause. Just send us your details by post, fax, or email,
or through any store of The Body Shop.
One immediate way to help is to donate to Reconciliation Australia. All
donations are tax-deductible.
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You can contact Reconciliation
PO Box 4773, Kingston ACT 2604
Tel: (02) 6295 9266 Fax: (02) 6295 0855
Or sign up as a supporter at any store of The Body Shop during National
Reconciliation Week. Donations can be sent to the above address, and are
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