National Reconciliation Week 2023 is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
National Sorry Day is held on May 26 and marks the day that the landmark ‘Bringing them Home’ report was tabled in federal parliament in 1997.
According to reconciliation.org.au, it is a time to remember the past policies of forced child removal and reflect on the stories of the Stolen Generations. It is a time to recognise the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the power of saying Sorry.
National Reconciliation Week 2023 runs from May 27 to June 3 each year. This year’s theme is “Be a voice for generations”, promoting the need for all to collaborate to create a more just, equitable and reconciled country.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In 2021, CVGT Employment made its public commitment to Reconciliation by developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan.
In 2023, as we begin the development of our second Reconciliation Action Plan, we proudly reaffirm our commitment to Reconciliation by reiterating our vision of an “Australia that acknowledges and learns from the historic truths and the impacts endured by First Nations people”.
Our journey to Reconciliation, in the context of what we do, maintains our explicit intention to continue working toward equitable employment opportunities for First Nations people.
We want our work to help end the systemic disparity experienced by so many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our goal is for equity in recognition, economic participation, health, education, and housing.
We acknowledge National Sorry Day, the annual mark of respect and commemoration to the Stolen Generations, and the commencement of National Reconciliation Week 2023, a time for all Australians to learn about First Nations shared histories, cultures and achievements, we asked two of our employees ‘What does Reconciliation mean to you?’.