In this together National reconciliation Week

Well we are certainly starting to feel the first of the wintery weather in Canberra. WCHM staff were pleased to see some further easing of the COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT from Saturday 30 May, and the release of the ACT’s Recovery Plan – Easing of Restrictions Roadmap (Visit www.covid19.act.gov.au/roadmap to view it). While it looks like we will still be working from home for quite a while we are all enjoying a little freedom in our non-work hours. And of course we are looking forward to the public holiday on Monday 1st June and another on 8 June.

Don’t forget that – while you might be tempted to head to the coast on this long weekend for Reconciliation Day, the NSW ban on travel is still in place until Monday, and fines are in place for those who breach the ban. So stay home in the ACT for one more week.

The ACT public holiday on Monday is Reconciliation Day and WCHM staff participated in the virtual celebration of Reconciliation Week in several ways. For the week our website, Facebook page and emails will display the Reconciliation Week Banner, and we posted a video of WCHM’s Acknowledgement of Country at noon on Wednesday – you can see the video here.

It is important to have a greater understanding of Australia’s history and the treatment of first nations Australians, and to acknowledge and understand this history, and especially in the ACT – to remind us that twenty-three years after the Bringing Them Home report and twelve years since the National Apology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are more likely to be removed from their families than non-Indigenous children.

For WCHM it is doubly important to highlight the role of women; we cannot underscore enough the significance Aboriginal women play in preservation of Country, culture and educating future generations. This reconciliation week we are #InThisTogether #NRW2020.  So you will find information about Reconciliation Week (and Sorry Day which precedes it) below, and we have provided some links to help you find out more about the history of this week.

And Events ACT has lots of ideas for celebrating Reconciliation Day online, due to COVID-19, with a range of activities, from watching workshop videos to creating art.

And WCHM has been busy preparing already for the end of financial year and planning for our new work in 2020/21.   Just a reminder to those of you who are our members that WCHM memberships expire at the end of June so now is the time to renew your membership – or if you are not a member you can become one easily.  Membership is free and you only will need to complete and submit a Membership Form. Just go to our website here to find out how.

Have you considered a donation to support WCHM and our work with women in the ACT? You can make a donation by using our online payment form here. All gifts of $2.00 or more are fully tax deductible, online donations are secure and we will issue you immediately with a receipt for the tax deductible donation.

We hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter – and we look forward to your continued support of our work.

The Women’s Centre for Health Matters  is committed to reconciliation and acknowledges the Ngunnawal People who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.  We recognise the strength of Aboriginal women and their continuing connection and contribution to this land, these waters, and our communities. May we walk gently and treat the earth and each other with care and respect.

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