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What is Reconciliation?

'Reconciliation' is about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians talking, walking, and working together to overcome the reasons that there is division and inequality between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

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Learn why reconciliation is crucial for all Australians.

What is Reconciliation?

'Reconciliation' is about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians talking, walking, and working together to overcome the reasons that there is division and inequality between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

Elements of Reconciliation

Reconciliation has both symbolic and practical elements. A spirit of goodwill, mutual respect and recognition of the effects of colonisation on Australia's first people are the symbolic cornerstones of the reconciliation effort. 

On the practical side, working towards an improved quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples—particularly in areas such as health, education and employment—is essential for achieving equity for all South Australians.

The Reconciliation Movement

A cornerstone of the Reconciliation Movement was the 1967 Referendum when a 90 per cent majority of Australians voted to count Aboriginal people in the national census and allow the Commonwealth Government to make decisions respecting Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. 

Since then, the path towards reconciliation has seen both progress and setbacks. The Reconciliation Movement continues today with progress on both a national and state level.

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