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Brightly coloured dot painting of three figures on a black background. Words say: Reconciliation Australia. 20 years of Reconciliation Australia. More than a word. Reconciliation Takes Action 2021. National Reconciliation Week 2021 - 27 May - 3 June. nrw.reconciliation.org.au #MoreThanAWord #NRW2021

This week, as National Reconciliation Week comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment of your time to take stock and talk about what actions we can take to move forward.

Here at IDEAS head office, we live and work on Wiradjuri country. We acknowledge the traditional owners of country here and throughout Australia, and pay our respects to elders past, present and emergingLast week we observed National Sorry Day. Sorry Day recognises the anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home Report in 1997.

First Nations people are more than two times more likely to have a disability. And 45% of First Nation peoples live with a disability or long-term health condition. Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. Here are 20 actions for Reconciliation in 2021 from Reconciliation Australia. 

As we all know, actions speak louder than words. Call out racism and unconscious bias when you see it or feel it in your day to day life and work to actively promote the sharing of Indigenous culture and knowledge.

First Peoples Disability Network

The First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) is a national organisation of and for Australia’s First Peoples with a disability, their families and communities. Led by First Peoples with lived experience of disability.

FPDN proactively engage with communities around Australia and advocate for the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability in Australia and internationally.

For more info visit the FPDN website.

Disability Royal Commission

Previously, the Disability Royal Commission looked at the experiences of First Nations people with disabilityIn September, it will look at First Nations children with disability in out of home care.

There are resources for First Nations people who want to know more about the work of the Commission or share their story. There is also a dedicated Your Story Disability Legal Support service to help people with disability to share their stories with the Commission safely. For more info, visit the Royal Commission website.

We have more info and resources for Indigenous elders and First Nations people with disability who need care or help. Check our resource carousel below. 

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