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Celebrating National Reconciliation Week

25 May 15

Community Sector Banking will proudly be participating in National Reconciliation Week once again this year, which is coming up on Wednesday, 27 May to Wednesday, 3 June 2015.

National Reconciliation Week commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey. Initiated in 1996 by Reconciliation Australia to celebrate Indigenous history and culture in Australia and foster reconciliation discussion and activities, National Reconciliation Week holds special historical significance. 27 May marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum giving the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census, and 3 June marks the anniversary of the High Court’s decision in the Mabo case to recognise native title. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

In 2014 we had wonderful staff participation, as showcased in our 2014 Yearbook. This year we’re continuing the tradition, with opportunities for staff to get involved and be proud of Community Sector Banking’s

vision for reconciliation.

National Reconciliation Week also coincides with the second anniversary of Community Sector Banking’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Our RAP is continually evolving; we believe in the importance of an inclusive and respectful workplace, recognising the relevance and importance of Indigenous people in our country and our communities.

Community Sector Banking believes true reconciliation requires action, and is committed to playing a significant role in seeking to close the gaps that currently exist between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people.

The theme for NRW 2015 is Change it Up, encouraging Australians to share culture, connect with community, stop racism or celebrate Indigenous success at every opportunity.

As well as our own activities for Community Sector Banking staff, there are hundreds of events being held around the country in honour of reconciliation.

Reconciliation Australia are encouraging Australians to share what reconciliation means to you by using the hashtag #NRW2015 on Twitter.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to see what we’re getting up to over the next week for reconciliation.