This page last updated: 10 February 2012
ReconciliACTION was started in 2002 by a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people from metropolitan, regional and remote New South Wales, with the support of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and the NSW Reconciliation Council.
ReconciliACTION soon grew to become a national network which included young people from across Australia. Between 2002 and 2008 the young people in the ReconciliACTION Network organised a number of major projects including the 2005 Freedom Ride re-enactment. Projects were also organised in Victoria, with the support of groups like Reconciliation Victoria, at in Canberra by Australian National University Students (ReconciliACT).
The aims of the network included community education, advocacy, support for young people working to overcome racism in their local communities and skills and leadership development. All the projects organised by ReconciliACTION were run by young people aged between 16 and 29 years.
ReconciliACTION is not active at the moment, but volunteers continue to maintain this site with information which we we hope will be useful for other young people interested in reconciliation! Check out the Home Page of this website for links for groups you can get actively involved in 2012-3.
Aims and Objectives of ReconciliACTION
In 2004, the young Indigenous and non-Indigenous people involved in ReconciliACTION got together to discuss their vision for a reconciled Australia.
They agreed that the objectives of the ReconciliACTION Network would be to work for a just, equitable and reconciled Australia which:
- Acknowledges our shared history
- Celebrates diversity of peoples and cultures, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous
- Promotes the social, cultural and economic well-being of all Australians
- Recognises the rights of all Australians, particularly the distinct rights of Indigenous Australians as first peoples and
- Is founded on the self-determination of its Indigenous peoples
And that the ReconciliACTION Network should support and promote the role of young people in achieving a just and reconciled Australia by:
- Developing projects and campaigns based on education, advocacy and action
- Promoting networks of relationships between young people and youth, reconciliation and social justice organisations
- Supporting young people to overcome racism in their local communities, particularly in regional and remote areas
- Developing the leadership skills of young people
- Providing a mechanism for the voices for our members in the Reconciliation movement