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National Reconciliation Week: Now More Than Ever

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As part of the Fletcher Building Group’s commitment to reconciliation, Iplex acknowledges and reflects during National Reconciliation Week 27th May – 3rd June. This is integral to Fletcher Building's Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), as we all have a role to play in reconciliation, and collectively we must take action to move forward creating a nation with more awareness and respect.

The 2024 theme "Now More Than Ever" underscores the urgency and importance of reconciliation actions in today's context. "Now More Than Ever" highlights the ongoing need for justice and rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Despite the challenges and moments that might discourage us, disengagement is not an option. The path forward involves treaty making, truth-telling, understanding our shared history, education, and combating racism. Now, more than ever, Iplex embraces reconciliation through connection, respect, action, and change.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is aimed at increasing awareness and learning about the histories, cultures, traditions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and exploring how we can contribute to working towards reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same every year, as they commemorate significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.

  • 27 May marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum, when Australians voted to remove the clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • 3 June marks the 1992 Mabo decision in which the High Court of Australia recognised native title.
  • The day preceding NRW, 26 May, is National Sorry Day, held in 1998, and commemorated nationally to remember and honour the Stolen Generation.

At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians. Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought for meaningful change, there is still a long way to go.