24 May, 2020

‘Let’s stand as one and continue being strong. We are all in this together!’ Message from NACCHO this National Reconciliation Week 2020

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is encouraging all Australians to take time to talk to one another and reflect on the ways we can support reconciliation in Australia during National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2020.

This year’s #NRW2020 theme is ‘In this Together’ – reminds us whether in a crisis or reconciliation we are all #InThisTogether.

NACCHO Chair Donnella Mills said, “We have shown during these tough times that we can all do our part to stop the spread of a deadly disease and the results speak for themselves.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be impacted by the legacy of colonisation but what continues is our resilience amidst the adversity we face. When we face adversity together, we see stronger outcomes.

“If we all can work together and support the journey of reconciliation, every step forward removes disadvantage and creates a more solid foundation for our country towards a better future for all Australians.”

This year’s Closing the Gap report highlighted there is still a long way to go to meet key targets, especially in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy.

Donnella Mills has been invited to be a panellist at this year’s King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) Reconciliation Week event ‘Conversations from the heart’. This year’s event looks into what constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples might look like, the mechanics of constitutional reform, what reconciliation means for all Australians and the progress made.

This event is being held virtually on 27 May at 12:30pm and is open to all by registering online: KWM Conversations from the Heart Registration.

“I am honoured to be invited by KWM to be on the panel for their National Reconciliation Week event ‘Conversations from the heart’. Also, our CEO Pat Turner, is the keynote speaker at this year’s National NRW Virtual Breakfast organised by Reconciliation SA to be held on May 27,” said Donnella.

“This year’s #NRW2020 theme is particularly important and aligns with how Australia has responded in managing the spread of COVID-19 and our journey to reconciliation. We are all in this together.”

Tickets to the NRW Virtual Breakfast are available to the public via Reconciliation SA’s website: NRW Virtual Breakfast Tickets.