Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien is encouraging all people in Wide Bay to acknowledge and celebrate National Reconciliation Week 2020 from Wednesday, 27 May.
"The week commencing 27 May marks the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and concludes with the anniversary of the High Court's Mabo decision on 3 June, which are two of the most significant events in our nation's history," Mr O'Brien said.
"This is an opportunity for our local communities to think about what reconciliation means to them and what practical steps they can take to build trust, mutual respect and opportunities for Indigenous Australians."
Mr O'Brien also encouraged people to take part in the National Acknowledgement of Country at midday on Wednesday 27 May, by posting a video of an acknowledgement of the country they are on with the hashtags #InThisTogether2020 and #NRW2020.
"Our Wide Bay communities are on Butchulla, Gubbi Gubbi and Wakka Wakka land and this Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity for everyone to show their respect for our Traditional Owners," Mr O'Brien said.
Residents can find out more about the land they are on, plus how to conduct an appropriate Acknowledgement of Country at https://nrw.reconciliation.org.au/.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, said National Reconciliation Week draws our attention each year to the ongoing efforts to walk together with a shared purpose, and to build a stronger future for all Australians.
"This year's theme, In This Together, resonates in new ways in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and reminds us we all share this land and rely on each other to build a better future."
"While we are unfortunately not able to celebrate with gatherings this year due to COVID-19, there are many events happening online that people can get involved with."
"From film screenings and book recommendations to panel discussions and streamed concerts, there are opportunities for people to learn about our history, engage with Indigenous culture and reflect on what it means to be in this together."
Visit reconciliation.org.au or indigenous.gov.au to find out more.