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ACT government offering up grants for grass roots reconciliation

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The ACT government is offering up $50,000 in grants to support local groups or individuals wanting to hold events tor the territory's Reconciliation Day on January 27.

Not-for-profit organisations or individuals can apply for up to $5,000 via the Reconciliation Grants to promote grass roots reconciliation.

ACT Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Rachel Stephen-Smith said reconciliation was about building an understanding of First Nations peoples and their cultures.

"It is about recognising our shared history and working towards a better future together," she said.

"Reconciliation is everyone's business, and I encourage Canberrans to be creative in how they recognise Reconciliation Day this year.

"This could involve hosting a workshop, sporting or community event, creating a mural or organising a yarning circle with local Elders."

ACT Reconciliation Council co-chair Selina Walker said reconciliation was about people working together to build a stronger Canberra and Australia.

"Reconciliation Day provides an opportunity for Canberrans to come together, talk and learn from each other so we can all be a positive voice for generations, the 2024 ACT Local Hero said," she said.

"Reconciliation is about all of us respecting and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and connection to the land we live on.

"The ACT is proud of being at the forefront of recognising and valuing social justice and diversity; and supporting reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people."

Hockey ACT participation and engagement manager Jolanta Moore said her club was able to hold its second reconciliation day in 2023 thanks to the Reconciliation Grants.

"The theme of the 2023 round was 'Our Story' which represents the many elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture shared through stories," she said.

The ACT is the only jurisdiction within Australia with a public holiday focused on advancing reconciliation. More details and applications are available online.

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