National Reconciliation Week 2020
Reconciliation as Walking Together
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 (#NRW2020) is, In This Together. In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, this theme is more relevant than ever.
The 28th of May 2020, during this year’s #NRW, marks the 20th Anniversary of the Reconciliation Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the year 2000, where 250,000 people walked together in an act of unity, calling for true Reconciliation to be realised in this nation. This is still the largest public gathering in Australia's history. All other States and Territories joined in similar walks throughout the year 2000.
In this year's #NRW2020 Campaign, we will be reflecting on these significant events, and together commit to #StillWalkingForReconciliation.
We will be providing resources for National Reconciliation Week for individuals and churches to stand together to re-imagine our nation and continue to pray, act, and walk for Reconciliation.
This will include:
- Daily devotions in your inbox throughout #NRW by some of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Leaders. These will be short, powerful reflections and include a call to action.
- Creative ways to engage and share the message of Reconciliation.
- Church resources including video message, prayer, Bible readings and other resources to use in your church.
What is National Reconciliation Week?
National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) is an annual celebration that builds upon the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples of all cultures in these lands now called Australia. During National Reconciliation Week all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. National Reconciliation Week sits between other significant dates such as Aboriginal Sunday the Sunday before January 26, January 26 a day of mourning, invasion, and survival, and NAIDOC Week a week of celebrating the world’s oldest living continuing cultures from the first to the second Sunday of July*.