Six ways to deepen our understanding this National Reconciliation Week

From Indigenous damper cooking demonstrations to storytime, dance and colouring activities – there’s something for everyone in the family this National Reconciliation Week. 

For full details on all of the below, visit National Reconciliation Week. New activities and resources will be added each day so be sure to check back regularly.

1. Mabu Mabu cooking demonstration
Saturday 30 May, 3.30 to 5pm

Incorporate Indigenous ingredients and flavours into your home-cooking with a damper-making demonstration with chef Nornie Bero.

Learn where to source ingredients and how to make a variety of dampers Torres Strait Islander style – wrapped in banana leaves and baked with pumpkin, wattleseed and saltbush varieties.

2. Free kids activities – dance, colouring and storytelling
All week

Settle in for storytelling and creative adventures with Yarn Strong Sista, learn traditional Wurundjeri dances with Djirri Djirri or colour your way through Aboriginal culture and history with authentic Aboriginal colouring templates by Aboriginal artist, Dixon Patten.

3. Q and A with Senator Patrick Dodson
Wednesday 27 May at midday

Tune in to hear Senator Patrick Dodson reflect on reconciliation, consitutional recognition for Aboriginal people, treaty and social justice.

Senator Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome and has been chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, a Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and a Roman Catholic priest.

4. Reconciliation oration with Anita Heiss (2019) and Stan Grant (2018)
All week
Catch up on last year’s National Reconciliation Week oration with prolific author and advocate for Aboriginal literacy, Anita Heiss. Also available is the 2018 oration with journalist, correspondent, author and professor Stan Grant.

5. Reconciliation reading recommendations
All week
Can’t get to the library at the moment? We’ve got you covered with a range of online reading recommendations that explore Aboriginal culture, history and achievements.

6. Virtual reconciliation concert
Saturday 30 May, 6pm to 8pm
Put on your dancing shoes and join Songlines for a special National Reconciliation Week concert, featuring Madi Colville, Maylene Slater-Burns, Kutcha Edwards, Bricky B and Culture Evolves.

7. Closing talk from Diana Davids, CEO Reconciliation Victoria
Wednesday 3 June at midday

Join Diana David, CEO of Reconciliation Victoria, for the closing of National Reconciliation Week 2020. Learn about Reconciliation Victoria’s work in the community, why we need to talk about reconciliation and how you can get involved in your local area.