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Six ways to celebrate Reconciliation Day in your home

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Needless to say, Canberra’s Reconciliation Day will look a bit different in 2020.

Instead of gathering in Glebe Park for family-friendly activities, food and performances, Canberrans are encouraged to #stayhomesavelives and engage in this celebration of culture, understanding and respectful discourse in a different way—at home.

Reconciliation Day Canberra: Together in your home is an online program of interactive events and activities that will encourage a deeper understanding of our national story and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Artwork by Lynnice Church (Ngunnawal, Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi).

The first Australian jurisdiction to recognise Reconciliation Day as a public holiday, this will be the ACT’s third Reconciliation Day event and with plenty of free activities for all ages, the Reconciliation Day Canberra online portal has something for everyone.

Pledge & share

By now, most households in Canberra should have received a Reconciliation Day pledge postcard in the mail.

On Monday, why not spend some time making a pledge for reconciliation and writing it on your postcard? Then, share a photo of your pledge postcard or a video of your pledge using #ReconciliationDayCBR.

Need some help getting started? Find inspiration here.

Learn & grow

Tune in on Reconciliation Day to Events ACT YouTube channel or Facebook to watch informative and practical video workshops.

Awa Benny Hodges Subbi Subbi Fish and Fried Scone dish. Credit: Black & White Films.

With four workshops across the day, tantalise your tastebuds with bush tucker recipes adapted to fit the current way of living, learn the cultural history of the rivers that connected and once flowed through Lake Burley Griffin or rediscover your own backyard by learning to identify resin glues, bush medicines, hardenbergia tea leaves and even forecast the weather.

Kristi Lee with the Austral Indigo (‘fish poison’ plant) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Credit: Black & White Films.

Create & connect

Finally, get your creative juices flowing and brainstorm a creative submission to Reconciliation Week’s 2020’s theme of ‘In This Together’.

Got little ones? Kick start their creativity by downloading colouring and activity worksheets here.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Reconciliation Day Canberra 2020
When: Monday 1 June 2020
Where: In your home
Cost: Free
Website: events.act.gov.au/reconciliation-day

Feature image: Richie Allan playing didgeridoo at Gubur Dhaura. Credit: Black & White Films.

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