"This year National Reconciliation Weeks theme is “In This Together” and there’s no more apt time than now, with Covid-19. We all have had to make big efforts to minimise the spread of the disease by working together, recognising and respecting other’s needs, recognising the potential impacts on others of illness, recognising this illness can mean death. So, I draw parallels with Reconciliation – no one person alone is responsible, no one group of people are responsible. We are All In This Together – every single one of us must work together to recognise and respect the needs of others, recognise the impacts of intergenerational trauma, recognise that this trauma can lead to significant mental health issues and even death, just like Covid-19. It means choosing to listen with empathy, not judgement, it means choosing to engage with Aboriginal people in your community, your workplace, your homes. You don’t know what you don’t know, so go out and learn! Participate in community events, go on an Aboriginal tour, learn some Aboriginal art techniques, talk to your Aboriginal colleagues, buy some art, even a t-shirt or a tea cup, and make it the usual practise for non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people to have relationships, and form a stronger community."
- Shem Garlett and Lisa Bruyninckx