National Reconciliation Week 2019
With National Reconciliation Week approaching (May 27 – June 3), and this year’s theme of ‘Grounded in Truth – Walk Together with Courage’, we would like to share some of the steps we have taken at the Churchill Trust over the past year towards an equitable and unified future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community.
Through a range of collaborations with Fellows, Indigenous organisations, new sponsors, and in conversations amongst our colleagues, we have been proactively working to encourage more Indigenous applicants, offer more Indigenous Fellowships, engage with and celebrate our Indigenous Fellows, and promote respect and understanding of First Peoples and cultures.
In addition to the numerous initiatives below, we are very happy to share the news that in this year’s application round (just closed), 3.2% of applications are from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, a number that has almost doubled over the past two years. We also received a significant number of applications with projects that explore issues relating to reconciliation, cultural understanding and ways to reduce inequality.