Day 1 - Monday 15 November

The three day program includes panel presentations and discussions with local, national and international perspectives to reflect on the past and to explore the future of a just, equitable, and reconciled Australia.

Details of the schedule and session topics are listed below. All times are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) – Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra UTC+11:00.

Reconciliation Australia reserves the right to make changes to the program, including presenters and sessions where necessary.

11:30am – 12:00pm

OPENING OF CONVENTION

12:00pm – 12:30pm

OPENING PLENARY: MOVING RECONCILIATION FROM SAFE TO BRAVE

What do we mean by brave reconciliation and brave discussions?

12:30pm – 1:30pm

PLENARY SESSION: HONOURING THE PAST

This session will reflect on how reconciliation in Australia came about, acknowledge the achievements and work of those who drove it, and reflect on building the foundations of the reconciliation movement.

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Lunch

Use this time to take a break, grab some lunch and explore the Virtual Gathering Place.

2:15pm – 3:00pm 

BREAKOUT STREAM OVERVIEW: RECONCILIATION IN AUSTRALIA - HOW DID WE GET HERE? HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD?

These breakout sessions will examine different aspects of the history of reconciliation; how far we have come, the path to get here and the place of history in reconciliation.

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SESSION 1

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SESSION 2

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SESSION 3

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SESSION 4

Breakout session details to be announced soon!

3:00pm – 4:00pm

PLENARY SESSION: MOVING THE DIAL ON RACISM

Racism has proved stubbornly hard to make lasting change on. What’s holding us back? How do we move the dial on racism?

4:00pm – 4:15pm

Daily Wrap Up

SESSION 4:
LEADING THROUGH INDIGENOUS GOVERNANCE
Breakout Stream 2: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

  • Emphasise the unique ways that Indigenous governance practices are transforming communities

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 1:
WALKING THE TALK IN OUR SCHOOLS
Breakout Stream 2: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

  • In this session we hear from schools that have been recognised for their exceptional commitment to reconciliation.
  • How are these schools embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures into classrooms everyday?
  • What is the role of school leaders and teachers, parents and community members in the reconciliation process?
  • How are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous students engaging with the core “

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

Session 2
Repatriating The Past

  • Reflections on the outcomes/ processes of repatriation of remains and cultural objects to the cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • What still needs to be done in repatriation, why is it so important?
  • Consider the potential impact of successful repatriation to local communities and the nation.

Session 3
Bringing Them Home

  • Reflections on the Bringing Them Home Report and the impact that process had on Stolen Generations, the country as a whole, and the concept of reconciliation.
  • Discussion of the lack of implementation of the Report’s full recommendations and the impacts this has on Stolen Generations.
  • Observations on the current issue of child removals and how to move this issue forward

Session 4
The Truth About Structural Racism

  • High rates of incarceration and deaths in custody – how we got there and how do change the current outcomes
  • This session explores the importance of addressing racism at all levels.
  • What are examples of anti-racism initiatives that are having an impact?
  • What will a National Anti-Racism strategy achieve?

SESSION 1:
TRUTH-TELLING IN COMMUNITIES
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

  • Consider what stories and histories need to be told.
  • Discuss examples of truth-telling that have been mapped and have uncovered under-told histories – what evidence, processes and approaches were used, and what were the outcomes
  • What can truth-telling look like at a community level?
  • Why is it important to progress truth-telling in communities?

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 2:
SURVIVOR-LED HEALING
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

  • Survivors telling their stories and what they believe needs to happen to be able to heal from the past.
  • Talk about truth and healing and do a deep dive to grapple with history and place.
  • What place, if any, is there for reconciliation to contribute to healing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 3:
THE ROLE OF ORGANISATIONS IN AUTHENTIC TRUTH-TELLING
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

  • Discuss the potential role of institutions (beyond government) in truth-telling?
  • Can individuals encourage the institutions they work with/for to contribute to a brave truth telling processes?”

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 4:
ENGAGING WITH TRUTH
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

  • In My Blood it Runs – What happens when people engage with truth-telling, and how do you manage that?
  • What comes next?”

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 2:
MAINSTREAM MEDIA CUT THROUGH
Breakout Stream 2: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

Cutting through the racism, ignorance and stereotypes often projected or insinuated in mainstream media stories about First Nations peoples requires more than employing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander journalists and media workers. What are some of the fundamental changes needed from within the industry to lift the game on reporting on our lives and issues?

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 3:
WOMEN LEADING CHANGE
Breakout Stream 2: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

  • Emphasise the important role of women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over time and their critical role in building a bright and reconciled future

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 3:
TRANSFORMING INSTITUTIONS TO CLOSE THE GAP
Breakout Stream 2: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

  • This session looks at examples of where organisations and institutions have seen a cultural shift, transforming the way they do business.
  • How are Aboriginal Community Controlled health organisations having an impact on closing the gap?
  • How are other organisations working effectively with First Nations communities to make inroads to closing the gap?
  • What does the mainstream community sector need to learn and do differently?”

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 4:
BURSTING THE BUBBLE OF SELF BELIEF - IN RAP ORGS
Breakout Stream 2: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

  • Corporate culpability – what needs to happen when institutions get it wrong?
  • How are large organisations and institutions using their platform and sphere of influence to drive the 5 dimensions, contributing to the groundswell of support for reconciliation?”

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 1:
RECONCILIATION FOR THE YOUNGEST GENERATION
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

  • Observations about how ELS are preparing future leaders to engage tomorrow’s reconciliation questions
  • How are young children today – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and non-Indigenous children – engaging with the core concerns of the 5 dimensions
  • Perhaps even space here to think about how reconciliation is preparing for broader conversations about race/racism and unity

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 2:
WALKING & WORKING TOGETHER
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

  • Observations on what can happen when corporate organisations engage with and forge relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • How can the cultural divide be bridged, and what’s needed to do this well, including to protect cultural heritage?

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 3:
BUILDING A STRONGER FUTURE
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

  • Explore the various pathways to prosperous First Nations economies
  • Identify the broader benefits offered by economic success to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Cast vision for Australia’s economic ingenuity that can benefit from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business development
  • Showcase strong First Nations governance and how investing in strong institutions builds a strong future for communities

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 4:
EMPOWERING PARTNERSHIPS
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

  • Identify models of strong partnerships between non-Indigenous and First Nations businesses
  • Emphasise the mutual benefit that accrues from partnerships that honour the respective contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous partners

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 1:
NARRAGUNNAWALI AWARDS CEREMONY
Breakout Stream 2: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

The 3rd Narragunnawali Awards recognise exceptional commitment to reconciliation in schools and early learning services across the country.

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

SESSION 2:
MODELS FOR REPRESENTATION
Breakout Stream 2: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

  • Emphasise the opportunity for diverse models to represent the interests of First Peoples
  • Presentation of various models of representation
  • Discussion of how the principles in these models can be applied by other institutions (businesses, schools, etc.)

Speakers
Carly Jia, Joe Sambono & Hayley Maguire. Chair: Sharon Davis

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have passed away.