|organisation: ReconciliACTION Network|
type of activity: people network
what: the ReconciliACTION Network (RAN) is a network of indigenous and non-indigenous young people from metropolitan, regional and rural Australia, which aims to encourage more young people to become active in the Reconciliation movement, and to support young people who are working to overcome racism in their communities.
who: RAN was started by young people, and is entirely run by young people (aged 16 to 29 years). Its members are half indigenous and half non-indigenous. RAN is supported by a range of non-government organisations, including Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR), the NSW Reconciliation Council (NSWRC), the Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) and the Foundation for Young Australians.
why: ReconciliACTIONís mission aims to help promote positive attitudes about racial differences and coexistence through information and personal experience. It can be summarised in some basic principles, such as to improve the relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians; to develop a co-operative forum where all voices are heard; to help create an aware society, recognising their history (both indigenous and non-indigenous) as young people; to create mechanisms for action, empowerment and involvement in reconciliation.
how: they are currently organising a two day anti-racism youth conference to be held in Redfern in November 2005. The event will bring indigenous and non-indigenous young people from urban and regional Australia to discuss issues of racism and reconciliation, and how to make a difference. Speakers will include indigenous leaders, youth leaders and community activists.
A series of workshops will be organised around the issues of education, cultural awareness and indigenous rights and youth rights. Workshops will also showcase current indigenous rights and reconciliation campaigns and some of the great work being done at the grass roots, as well as workshops about fundraising, lobbying and working with media.
As with all RAN's events, the over-riding theme will be how to become active in your local community. Workshops will ask participants to think about the issues which they face and develop ideas for projects and campaigns to address those issues.
cool for you: RAN is open to all young people aged 16-29 years who are committed to overcoming racism in their local communities. You can become a member of RAN and join their e-list by completing the form available online. Membership is free. If you have any questions, please contact RAN.