Reconciliation Week May 27 – June 3 

May 24, 2023

poster for reconciliation week 2023

Reconciliation Week is an important time for all Australians to come together and acknowledge the ongoing journey of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians. The week is celebrated annually from May 27 to June 3, and it provides a fantastic opportunity for early childhood educators and caregivers to teach young children about reconciliation and the importance of respecting and valuing First Nations cultures. 

In 2023, the theme for National Reconciliation Week is “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action”. This theme reminds us that reconciliation is not just a matter of saying sorry or acknowledging past wrongs, but also about taking practical steps towards meaningful change. 

How can we teach our kids about reconciliation? 

In childcare settings, there are many ways that we can act towards reconciliation. Embracia Childcare plans to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into our daily routines and curriculum. This could involve reading stories by Indigenous Australian authors, learning about traditional art and music, or incorporating Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander languages into the curriculum.    

Another important aspect of reconciliation in childcare is creating inclusive environments that celebrate the diversity of all children and families.  

Events in and around Kyneton this Week 

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council have organised a series of community events during Reconciliation Week. Each event will celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage and offer a unique opportunity to learn from Traditional Owners and Custodians. You can find details for each event here: Reconciliation Week Events – Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Women holds placard at Invasion Day protest