Lasting and effective agreement cannot be achieved unless we have a shared, truthful understanding of the nature of the dispute, of the history, of how we got to where we stand now.
Listening to and learning from the truth is the first step in moving forward together for a positive, shared cultural understanding and reconciliation. The true story of colonisation must be told, must be heard, and must be acknowledged. This shouldn’t apply to First Nations peoples; it applies to all Australians.
NAIDOC Week 2019
This NAIDOC Week the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is focusing on the theme of ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’. Our team of Aboriginal Educators welcome visitors of all backgrounds and ages to explore the significance of these three elements while learning about Aboriginal culture.
We are running free “join and learn” NAIDOC community workshops at midday from Monday 8 to Friday 12 July, find out more here and bring along your friends, family, or staff cohort.
The Aboriginal Heritage Tour will be running each day from 10.00 am to 11.30 throughout NAIDOC Week, and in the school holidays from 15 – 19 July the kids’ Aboriginal Art holiday program will explore how many voices can lead to positive and impactful change.
For Aboriginal people to have a voice – whether that is in the community, in a workplace, and more recently in the Federal Parliament, it must be heard by others. Listening to others and standing side by side is key for this to occur.
We all have come from different backgrounds, have different views and have been educated in a variety of ways. But if we can all learn from truths, express ourselves through our voice, we can all treaty now in shaping a positive future.