What can you do?
Supporting reconciliation means working to overcome inequities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Aboriginal Australians as an individual and as part of any kind of collective.
As an individual, supporting reconciliation can look like:
- Acknowledging what you don’t know.
- Committing to listening and learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, experiences and perspectives, even when it is hard, uncomfortable, and even painful for you personally.
- Educating yourself about history and what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced.
- Speaking up when someone says something racist, and trying to do so in a way that helps them understand why it was racist and how they can change their behaviour. It can be challenging to unlearn the racist language and narratives that have saturated Australian language and ideas since colonisation.
- Listening to, and accepting, challenging or negative feedback on your own behaviour and words, even if you didn’t mean to say something that can be perceived as racist or culturally insensitive/unsafe.