Defence is an ongoing supporter of National Reconciliation Week, and celebrates annually from May 27 – June 3.
CAPTION: Indigenous representative of the Yuggara and Chepara people Derek Sandy performs a smoking ceremony at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane. Photo by Private Jacob Hilton.
Defence celebrates National Reconciliation Week as part of our commitment to the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and in line with our fourth Defence Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022.
This year’s theme is ‘More than a word: Reconciliation takes action’.
All Australians play an important role when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively strengthen respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous peoples.
A long-term advocate for Indigenous participation within the organisation is the Defence Indigenous Champion, Steve Grzeskowiak. He continues to drive proactive cultural awareness through Defence-specific and broader Australian Government initiatives.
“National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and a way for us to explore how we can contribute to achieving genuine reconciliation,” Mr Grzeskowiak said.
“We will continue to increase our understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Strengthening the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians will create a more inclusive and agile workforce which builds Defence’s capability.”.