Our history, our story, our future

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In every nation’s story there are important moments—events and crossroads—that shape the chapters to come.

For all Australians, this ancient land connects the stories of our past, our present and our future.

The video clip below was produced by Reconciliation Australia to explore the theme of National Reconciliation Week 2016—Our History, Our Story, Our Future— and continues to have great resonance and relevance to the future of reconciliation in our nation:


After viewing the video clip, reflect on the 2016 National Reconciliation Week (NRW) theme: Our History, Our Story, Our Future – http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/

‘Our History’ reminds us all, that historical acceptance is essential to our reconciliation journey. Historical acceptance will exist when all Australians understand and accept the fact that past laws, practices and policies deeply affected the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, often having devastating immediate impacts and causing much of the disadvantage that exists today. It is also a commitment to ensuring these wrongs are never repeated in the future.

‘Our Story’ reflects the fact that the journey towards reconciliation forms a significant part of Australia’s story, as do the stories of both trauma and triumph told by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It also encourages each and every one of us to make reconciliation part of our own story.

‘Our Future’ reinforces that reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, in the knowledge that we believe in fairness for everyone, that our diversity makes us richer, and that together, we are stronger.

Consider how the elements of this theme intersect with the importance of connecting to Country.