2021 Queensland Reconciliation Awards
The 2021 Queensland Reconciliation Award recipients were announced at a ceremony in Townsville on Tuesday 1 June during National Reconciliation Week.
Out of 19 finalists, eight recipients were named winners for their dedication to furthering reconciliation in Queensland and their drive to create inclusive change in their communities.
The winning initiatives included Gracemere State School for its Watch this space – Darumbal Wadya is HERE! initiative, helping students and the community learn more about Indigenous cultures and languages, and COOEE Elders, an initiative developed by COOEE Indigenous Family and Community Education Centre to help bring the community together to break down the barriers preventing reconciliation.
Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia was awarded as the inaugural winner of the Health and wellbeing category for its closing the gap and social inclusion initiative, focussed on improving health services and early detection and treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
And, Jabalbina Aboriginal Corporation and Rainforest 4 Foundation were named the recipients of the Premier’s Reconciliation Award, for their non-government program purchasing land for conservation to be owned and managed by Traditional Owners.