National Reconciliation Week in 2020 is from Wednesday 27 May to Wednesday 3 June.
The theme for #NRW2020 is ‘In This Together’.
Every year, National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The dates for National Reconciliation Week remain the same each year: 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey: the successful 1967 referendum (27 May) which improved the services available to Indigenous Australians, and the High Court Mabo decision (3 June) which was a significant legal case in Australia that resulted in recognition of the land rights of the Meriam people in the Torres Strait.
More information about National Reconciliation Week can be found on their website.
Girl Guides Victoria is committed to being an inclusive organisation. We want everyone in our community to feel seen, celebrated, and treated with the utmost respect. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognition and reconciliation is a vital part of our inclusivity, and we encourage all our members to engage with National Reconciliation Week.
Earn the Reconciliation Badge:
This badge is part of Girl Guides Victoria’s commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognition and reconciliation. In demonstration of this commitment, the State Commissioner has approved the Reconciliation Badge, our first Indigenous badge, as a ‘sash badge.’ This badge can be worn on the back of your sash as a special event badge. This is a significant and rare decision, and provides an important visible connection between the Girl Guides Victoria and Indigenous communities.
The Reconciliation Badge provides an opportunity for Girl Guides, individually or with their Guide Unit, to display their commitment through their actions by participating in a cultural activity or event. Girl Guides must participate in an appropriate cultural activity or event to earn and wear this badge.
The badge is for sale now on the Girl Guides Victoria online shop.
Resources for Girl Guides and Guide Units:
- Learn about Aboriginal Inventions. How many of these do you use? Could any of them be useful the next time you go camping?
- Play some Indigenous Traditional Games! You might hold a tournament and compete with the other Patrols in your Guide Unit, or you could just play a few for fun.
- Learn about the native Victorian animals with this multilingual colouring book.
- Visit the Deadly Story website, and learn about Aboriginal Culture, Country & Community.
Resources for Guide Leaders:
- Koori Curriculum, which is designed to give educators guidance and support to include Aboriginal perspectives in the curriculum.
- Connecting with the Aboriginal History of the Yarra, a resource developed by Yarra City Council in consultation with the local Wurundjeri people.
- Wurundjeri Tribe Council, a website with more information about the Traditional Owners of Greater Melbourne.
- Information about the Uluru Statement from the Heart. This year (26 May 2020) marks three years since Professor Megan Davis read the Uluru Statement from the Heart to the Australian people.
- More resources to help commemorate the Uluru Statement from the Heart.