headspace acknowledges National Reconciliation Week
headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is this week acknowledging National Reconciliation Week and looking at what the week means to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and how they feel each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week, ‘In this together’ encourages all Australians to reflect on the part they play on the journey towards reconciliation – something that headspace team members right across the network create space for, not just this week but right throughout the year.
headspace recognises the urgent unmet social and emotional wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. The headspace vision for reconciliation is that of an equitable Australia where the 60,000 year old cultures and continuing connection to Country of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are respected and celebrated.
Nikia, 20 from Ngarrindjeri Country says National Reconciliation Week is about acknowledging the traditional custodians of Australia, paying respects and recognising Indigenous success. This year – due to COVID-19 restrictions, Nikia is utilising the power of social media to make sure National Reconciliation Week is acknowledged.
“I think that it's great that we can still celebrate this week together, even if we aren't physically together.”
When it comes to contributing to achieving reconciliation in Australia, Nikia believes any small step made is a step in the right direction.
“I think if non-Indigenous people paid more mind to understanding the impacts that government policies have had, and continue to have, on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people then there would be a lot more empathy on the topic.
“I also think it is always important to recognise the continuing Indigenous success in Australia and use young voices for advocacy,” Nikia said.
Jason Trethowan, headspace CEO said National Reconciliation Week is a time for all of us to deeply reflect and learn about our shared histories, cultures and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
“Whilst National Reconciliation Week is an incredibly important time for us at headspace, the Reconciliation process and actions every other day of the year is just as significant. We will continue to strive toward a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another throughout this time. Every single one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation.” Jason said.
If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, visit headspace.org.au for tools, resources and where to find information about your nearest headspace centre.
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