Our Vision for reconciliation is to be a faith movement committed to social justice, equity and freedom
The Salvation Army aims to respect, value and acknowledge the unique cultures, spiritualties, histories and languages of the oldest surviving culture in the world. We see a Salvation Army that engages in a unified and positive relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week runs from 27th May to 3rd June 2017, and will focus on the 50th and 25th anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
The Salvation Army will be hosting or partnering with the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community in a number of the following activities during Reconciliation Week:
- My Brother’s Keeper Reconciliation Concert
- Yarning Circles
- Cultural tours
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Pastors/Ministers leading Sunday Service or Chapel Nights
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Flag Raising Ceremonies
- Elders Lunches
- Traditional foods and dances
- Participating in Sports Carnivals
- Junior Soldier Diversity activities with a focus on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people
- Cultural Awareness & Appreciation sessions
NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July (2-9 July). It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
The National NAIDOC theme for 2017 is Our Languages Matter.