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Celebrating Reconciliation Grants

About the Celebrating Reconciliation Grants

The Celebrating Reconciliation Grants Program provides funding for local communities to host events that encourage participation in National Reconciliation Week.

National Reconciliation Week is a national campaign, held from 27 May to 3 June, celebrating and building on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and non-Indigenous Australians. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the successful 1967 referendum to change how Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples were referred to in the Constitution (27 May), and the 1992 High Court Mabo decision (3 June).

2022 grant recipients

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The National Reconciliation Week theme for 2022 is Be Brave. Make Change.

2022 marks the 30-year anniversary of a High Court decision that recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have rights to land – rights that existed before the British arrived and can still exist today.

Learn more about National Reconciliation Week.

Learn more about the Queensland Government Reconciliation Action Plan.

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If you would like to receive email communication about future Celebrating Reconciliation initiatives, please contact the Culture and Reconciliation Team via email on crg@dsdsatsip.qld.gov.au

Leaders of Reconciliation

Dr. Sallyanne Atkinson AO, Belza (Bill) Lowah and Dr. Jackie Huggins AM describe what reconciliation means to them.

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Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO:

My dream is that all Australians respect and have tolerance for all other Australians.

No matter what their background is, no matter what the colour of their skin is.

Belza (Bill) Lowah:

The catalyst of the reconciliation, what it is, is to bring people together and talk about issues. Nut it out. Respect this land of ours.

Dr Jackie Huggins AM:

Reconciliation isn’t a soft issue. It’s damn hard. It’s about action now and we want it now.

Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO:

Reconciliation is important for all Queenslanders to overcome the hurt, the pain, the misunderstanding that currently exists in our society.

Belza (Bill) Lowah:

There is unity in diversity. There is greatness in difference. There is beauty in cultural integrity.

Dr Jackie Huggins AM:

Reconciliation means three things: recognition, justice and healing.

Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO:

We have to take the time to feel uncomfortable. We have to understand that feeling uncomfortable is part of the human growth process.

Belza (Bill) Lowah:

There is greatness in difference. Greatness. Get involved. Raise the flag. Understand another human being.

Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO:

What we must have is a shared understanding of our history, a shared acceptance of the past. Warts and all. Because that’s the only way we can move forward.

Dr Jackie Huggins AM:

We are tired of the constant talking and lack of action. So now’s the time to do this. Not only for our country, our children, but for each other. And that is the journey of reconciliation.