A fundamental principle of reconciliation is a vision for Australia that recognises and respects the special place, culture, rights and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and where good relationships between First Australians and other Australians become the foundation for local strength and success; and the enhancement of our national wellbeing.
Reconciliation is about building stronger relationships, based on respect and trust, between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.
Reconciliation is a Commonwealth initiative to promote understanding between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community. The process seeks to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.
(NSW Department of Education and Training, 2003, The Aboriginal education K–12 resource guide, p.14)« Back to Glossary Index