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National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation is a journey for all of us as individuals, communities, and as an organisation. It is about strengthening respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community through our hearts, minds and actions.

It is a time for us to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and reflect on how each of us can contribute towards reconciliation in Australia.

Celebrated each year from 27 May to 3 June, the event recognises two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Native Title Mabo decision respectively.

The National Reconciliation Week (NRW) theme for 2021, "More than a word. Reconciliation takes action", urges us towards taking braver and more impactful actions.

SAPOL and the NHW are committed to meaningful action towards our ongoing reconciliation journey. We strive to raise our cultural awareness, enhance our cultural sensitivity and provide cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through SAPOL's Cultural Capability program, Connections and the development and implementation of SAPOL's latest Reconciliation Action Plan.

SAPOL and the NHW are proud to commemorate NRW 2021 in a number of ways, including:

  • Supporting SAPOL representatives of various ranks and classifications to attend the NRW Breakfast hosted by Reconciliation SA at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 27 May 2021.
  • Releasing a video featuring SAPOL employees reflecting on how reconciliation is embodied in the SAPOL values, including an Acknowledgment of Country from Commissioner Grant Stevens. Click here to watch the video.
  • Supporting the Aboriginal Power Cup football carnival; the pinnacle event for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth program which focuses on engaging young people in Aboriginal culture, education, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, teamwork, leadership, resilience and life skills. SAPOL and NHW employees will attend to interact with participants and assist with running the event which concludes on 30 May with the grand final being played as a 'curtain-raiser' to the Port Adelaide Football Club game at Adelaide oval.

Keep an eye on SAPOL's Facebook and Instagram page for further NRW activities and stories.

Along with a host of information and resources, there are hundreds of NRW events registered on the Reconciliation Australia website which we encourage you to research and participate in.