Progressing reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Canberra community is a key priority for the ACT Government. We are working with community-led organisations and specialist services to help close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and other outcomes, while also raising awareness about the significant role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures play in shaping our community.
The ACT marked its first Reconciliation Day public holiday on 28 May 2018, celebrating the cultures, contribution and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as fostering community understanding of reconciliation.
We held the Reconciliation in the Park festival in the City and supported community-led activities, including film screenings, cultural tours and sporting events. The 2018 Budget delivers ongoing support for marking Reconciliation Day, including holding a major annual public event.
The ACT Government has worked closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body in taking forward the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2015-18.
Our Booris, Our Way
The ACT Government is reviewing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children involved with the child protection system.
The review is being led by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Steering Committee with a diverse set of capabilities and lived experience in child protection and service delivery.
The ACT Government is supporting Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service to develop a modern new health centre to provide high quality, culturally appropriate primary health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans.
Building new homes
The ACT Government is building a new housing complex to provide more dedicated and culturally appropriate housing for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans.
The new homes will build on the success of Mura Gunya, a five-unit complex that opened in November 2016.
$85 million over 4 years supporting Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Canberrans