Be brave. Make change.

National Reconciliation Week is marked between 27 May and 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey — the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision. 

National Reconciliation Week is a time for us all to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. 

Reconciliation is not only our words, but our actions. The theme of this year’s Reconciliation Week challenges you to “Be brave. Make change.” 

There’s many ways we can participate in reconciliation in our daily lives. Check out the Actions to Make Change on the National Reconciliation Week website. 

You can join us on the journey of reconciliation this week by attending a Welcome to Country ceremony. Welcome to Country is a traditional Aboriginal protocol to welcome guests and neighbours to Country and to demonstrate respect for Aboriginal people and their connection to Country.  

You can also explore what reconciliation means to you by taking part in the “Hands of Reconciliation” activity. Cut-out paper hands will be available after the Welcome to Country ceremonies for employees to write about why reconciliation is important. 

Here’s how to get involved this National Reconciliation Week 

Monday 30 May 

Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony, Yidiki performance and flag raising 

  • Time: 12pm 
  • Location: Flagpoles in front of the Emergency Department, Monash Medical Centre 

“Hands of Reconciliation” activity 

  • Immediately after Welcome to Country
  • Location: Main Foyer, Monash Medical Centre  

Tuesday 31 May 

Welcome to Country 

  • Time: 12pm 
  • Location: Front lawn outside hospital entrance, Dandenong Hospital 

“Hands of Reconciliation” activity 

  • Immediately after Welcome to Country 
  • Location: Main Foyer, Dandenong Hospital 

Wednesday 1 June 

Welcome to Country 

  • Date: 12pm Wednesday,  
  • Location: Front lawn outside hospital entrance, Casey Hospital 

“Hands of Reconciliation” activity 

  • Immediately after Welcome to Country
  • Location: Main Foyer, Casey Hospital 

Thursday 2 June 

Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin reads her book Welcome to Country 

  • Time: 11am 
  • Location: Starlight Facebook livestream


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