Reconciliation Week 2020

Today marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. Here at headspace Campbelltown, we are honoured to support young people on the traditional lands of the Dharawal people and acknowledge their unique and spiritual connections to the land. We also respectfully acknowledge Elders past and present for the role they continue to play in guiding future generations.

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and explores how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

We continue to strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another. On this journey, Australians are all In This Together, as every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation.

We sat down with emerging young leader, Camden Youth Council member and proud Aboriginal man of Wiradjuri/Goreng Goreng heritage, Hamani Tanginoa about the significance of National Reconciliation Week for him, and how we can forge stronger ties between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. 

Why is it important for young people to acknowledge this week?

HT: It’s really important for not just Young People but everyone to acknowledge Reconciliation Week as a time for learning the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Understand that history and stand up with our First Nations people for social justice. 

It’s 2020, have times changed when it comes to reconciliation?

HT: Time moves forward and backwards, in today’s time we see so many people stand up and fight for reconciliation. The only pushback is the government not taking action properly. They ‘talk’ but don’t take action. 

How has your life experience impacted where you are today, making a difference in our local community?

HT: I was bullied for my nationality and I took it to heart, but as I grew up I realised that I wasn’t the only one and through my music I decided to speak out. Coming from a young boy who wouldn’t talk to anyone, I’m now speaking on a bigger stage on Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander people in the media and community events I attend. 

How can National Reconciliation Week help forge stronger, long-lasting ties between indigenous and non-indigenous communities?

HT: Through reconciliation, I hope everyone takes time to understand the fight we as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had to get to where we are now. By learning and acknowledging, it helps forge that stronger tie between the two communities.