Be a Voice for Reconciliation

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements

It’s also a time to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

This year’s theme, Be a Voice for Generations urges us all to keep up the momentum for change, encouraging Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives.

We’re closer than ever to achieving constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians through a Voice to Parliament

In late 2023, Australians will have their say in a referendum about whether to change the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

To secure a strong Yes vote, we need to engage in personal conversations, explaining why this change is straightforward, fair, and practical. Indigenous Australians have been calling for a Voice to parliament since 2017.

A Voice will ensure Indigenous Australian voices are heard and that they are consulted on issues that impact them

Conversations with friends, family and colleagues can have a great impact in countering one of the biggest challenges that the Voice faces—bias and misinformation in the media. By actively listening, encouraging discussion, and sharing experiences, we increase Australia’s chances of a Yes vote.

Keep conversations simple and free of jargon. Get ready for a conversation about the Voice. Take a look at this guide including a handy tool for conversation framework.

As an organisation, Tetra Tech International Development has a strong tradition of recognising, valuing and celebrating First Nations heritage, knowledge, spirituality and culture

Tetra Tech’s commitment to reconciliation is an opportunity for us all to remain respectful, curious, ask questions, and reflect on our shared history—those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors, and the challenges that the establishment of the colony of Australia presented to them, and how that impacted on their lives, on all of our lives.

Our vision for reconciliation is an Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities thrive, our lands and waters thrive, and we have a vibrant national identity based on our shared history and inclusion of First Nations people’s unique connection to lands and water, language, law, kinship, and ceremony.

Read our Reconciliation Action Plan and see National Reconciliation Week 2023 resources.

Image: A Journey to Reconciliation, in late 2023, Australians will have their say in a referendum about establishing a Voice to parliament.

Tetra Tech International Development_Amy-Gildea

Managing Director Indo Pacific, Tetra Tech International Development

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