What is reconciliation?
Reconciliation is the process of bringing together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians to recognise the truth of colonial history and to acknowledge and address its ongoing, adverse systemic impacts on Aboriginal Australians, their Cultures, Communities and identities.
This process of bringing people together does not guarantee reconciliation in the sense that the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal peoples is repaired. This may be an outcome, but is not the goal of reconciliation. Reconciliation is an ongoing activity, rather than the finish line to a race we cross and then stop running. It is better understood as a journey of listening, self-examination and learning, and ultimately, acting in ways that acknowledge the injustices of the past to ensure that they are not repeated and equitable outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are achieved in what is now Australia.