National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs from 27 May to 3 June each year, signifying two important dates in Indigenous history — the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. It’s a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
At Anchor, we support some of the most vulnerable in our community – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples – through services including homelessness and crisis support, youth development, foster care, kinship care, specialised transitioning from care programs and family reconciliation. We have seen firsthand how intergenerational trauma has impacted the Indigenous children in our care, who are overrepresented in the out of home care system.
Anchor CEO Heidi Tucker and Partnership and Development lead Lauren Gordon have been working hard alongside our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) committee to develop our own Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan. The plan has just been officially endorsed and is the first of four in our ongoing commitment to support the drive for truth, reconciliation, and treaty across Victoria. It was created in collaboration with community, Anchor stakeholders and staff members, and members of our Board. We are proud to announce we will be launching our endorsed Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan in June or July at the Box Hill Institute – Lilydale Lakeside Campus. Members of the community are also invited to attend.
“Through our Reconciliation Action Plan, we are changing how we do things to ensure we are a strong and culturally competent ally for all those we serve,” said Anchor CEO Heidi Tucker, who also chairs the committee.
“To say I am incredibly proud of the work we have done is an understatement. I want to thank each and every member of our committee for the efforts and support you have provided me throughout the process,” said Lauren Gordon.
Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan includes four uniquely beautiful paintings by local Taungurong/Wiradjuri woman Teghan Voce. Her work represents Anchor’s connection to community and land and to the people they support.
“All of the pieces I have developed for Anchor represent elements of my community and our connection to country where we feel at home,” said Teghan.
“When I’m painting, it gives me a sense of connection to my country and ancestors. It’s a proud and safe space for me to feel my own belonging and support Anchor on their path to reconciliation.”
“I’m proud of my artwork. I hope that it inspires safety strength and Aboriginal Self determination to progress reconciliation. I’m excited to be a part of Anchors Journey”.
Below are some key events taking place around the Maroondah, Cardinia, and Yarra Ranges LGA’s in which Anchor has close community and partnership ties. There are plenty more events occurring, and you can find out what’s happening this National Reconciliation Week on their website here.
Maroondah City Council Maroondah Celebrates Reconciliation Friday, 27 May 10am – 12pm Laneway Park 24 Railway Avenue Ringwood East VIC 3152
Cardinia Shire Cardinia Shire Council Reconciliation Week flag raising ceremony Friday, May 27 1:30pm to 3pm 20 Siding Avenue Officer
We all have a role to play when moving towards Reconciliation, and attending these events is just one small way we can show up for our Indigenous counterparts.