June 12, 2017
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) which ran from 27 May to 3 June celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation journey.
This year for NRW Junction Australia sponsored the Reconciliation Round guernseys for the O’Sullivan Beach Lonsdale Football Club. Last year the club advocated to the Southern Football League to implement a round that celebrates Aboriginal culture and the broader concept of reconciliation. The league liked the concept and therefore 2017 was the first time that a lower league club celebrated the Reconciliation Round with their own guernsey, designed by a local artist. The game was a success with lots of spectators attending the event.
Several of Junction Australia’s work sites hosted morning teas or similar events to help raise awareness in the workplace of reconciliation in Australia. For sites that may did not have the capacity to host an event, efforts were made for staff to either attend or participate in an alternate event.
Junction Australia was also involved in the planning of a local event in the South to celebrate NRW in Noarlunga Centre. The event was a collaboration of the City of Onkaparinga and local organisations. Junction Australia hosted a stall at the event, with give a ways for families and craft activities for children.
Junction Australia is in the process of creating a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The aim is to increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements within the organisation and the wider community. There is a strong belief in the organisation that reconciliation is everybody’s responsibility.