Earlier this year, Reconciliation Australia released The 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia Report: moving from safe to brave.
The report, released every four years, notes that we as a nation need to move from a space of ‘safe to brave’ to progress our journey towards a reconciled nation. This means addressing issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. That is, moving beyond awareness raising and knowledge to a more substantive change such as truth-telling, and actively addressing issues of inequality, systemic racism and instances where the rights of First Nations peoples are ignored, denied or diminished.
This event heard about where the nation is on its reconciliation journey, where it needs to get to and how. We discussed the latest indicators for reconciliation and the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians, including in institutional settings.
Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine took us through the State of Reconciliation report, and discussed what Australia’s business community can do to accelerate and strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people.
DCA Board Member Kate Russell led the discussion with our guest speakers:
- Karen Mundine, CEO of Reconciliation Australia,
- Mohammad Al-Khafaji, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA),
- Rebecca Hyland, Principal, Indigenous Engagement, Safer Communities, IAG, and
- Antoinette Holt, Manager Corporate Development, City of Canterbury Bankstown.
‘I really appreciate all the work that DCA puts into these sessions, and I really enjoy them. Thank you!’ – Lisa, Sydney University, event participant
‘Really enjoyed the session and touched on some good really good points.’ – Anon, event participant
‘The speakers were great. I appreciated their sharing of views and ideas. I loved the Welcome to Country and hearing where everyone was situated. We are on Whadjuk Noongar country in Perth WA. Some great points for us to take back to our teams.’ – Anon, event participant
‘Awesome conversations and questions‘ – Anon, event participant