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Leaders urge nation to embrace spirit of National Reconciliation Week

Giovanni Torre -

Linda Burney MP, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy and Senator Patrick Dodson have urged Australians nationwide to embrace the spirit of Reconciliation Week.

The Minister and Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians joined the Special Envoy for Reconciliation and the Implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart in issuing a joint statement Tuesday morning noting National Reconciliation Week is "an important time for Australians to reflect and build on the work of generations past, for the benefit of future generations".

"National Reconciliation Week provides an opportunity for Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements," they said.

Ms Burney attended the National Reconciliation Week Breakfast at Parliament House in Canberra Tuesday morning.

The three leaders noted that the 2023 theme for Reconciliation Week - Be a Voice for Generations - encourages "all Australians to work together to create a more just, united and reconciled country for all".

"A more united Australia that takes pride in 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and connection to country," they said.

"An Australia that believes in the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have their voices heard; and an Australia that stands opposed to racism, inequity and injustice.

"We urge all Australians to join us in participating in activities this National Reconciliation Week."

Minister Burney and senators McCarthy and Dodson noted that later this year "Australians will have a chance to take the next step on the long journey towards reconciliation by voting in 2023 referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our constitution through a Voice to Parliament".

"2023 will be the year that Australia moves forward to a better future, for everyone," they said.

More information about National Reconciliation Week, including a list of events, is available online.

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