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Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australians took a battering in 2023 when the referendum on constitutional recognition of our country’s first people was defeated following a campaign marred by racism, disinformation and ignorance, even though it was supported by an overwhelming proportion of indigenous Australians.

Every year, National Reconciliation Week is an attempt to help bridge the divide between both communities, and to help heal some of the damage done in both the past and present.

In the first National Reconciliation Week since the referendum, the message from First Nations people is Now More Than Ever – a reminder to all of us that no matter what setbacks we face, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must continue.

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