Reconciliation Tasmania is a wholly independent, neutral and registered ‘not for profit’ organisation which has been established to provide a safe and friendly place where all Tasmanians can seek to become involved in real reconciliation. We aim to achieve this through building relationships, respect and trust between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Tasmanians through our projects and activities.
We will promote the ongoing culture and history of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people with the broader non-Aboriginal community that strengthens reconciliation and a greater understanding by all Tasmanians of our shared past.
We believe that by celebrating the story of Aboriginal survival, rich cultural traditions and land management, that underpins their long connection to this country, Tasmanians will be better informed in understanding and connecting with Tasmanian Aborigines. By sharing the truth about our recent past since 1803, we also believe that reconciliation between our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities will be strengthened.
Reconciliation Tasmania seeks to assist the many Tasmanians seeking truth and reconciliation in order to make our State more welcoming and informed for all. Reconciliation Tasmania is controlled by a Board of 12 Tasmanians, 6 Aboriginal and 6 non-Aboriginal, drawn equally from the north-west, north and south of the State. We conduct our activities through these three regional groups and welcome new members through our website at www.rectas.com.au.
Reconciliation Tasmania (RT) was launched at Macquarie Point in Hobart by the Tasmanian Governor and Premier on 9th August 2017 – the UN’s Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Since then, an RT Board of 12 Tasmanian’s has been appointed and has met to determine RT’s Operational Plan for 2018.
The membership of the RT Board of 12 Tasmanian’s comprises 6 Tasmanian Aboriginals and 6 non-Aboriginal members and is spread with representation from the North, North West and Southern regions of Tasmania.
The RT Board is co-chaired by Fiona Hughes and Bill Lawson.
Three regional RT groups have been established in the North, North West and South of Tasmania through which RT’s operational plan will be executed in 2018.
From early 2018 RT has 2 part-time staff:
Mark Redmond is our Chief Executive and is based in Hobart – contact E: email@example.com / 0456 631 108;
Fiona Hughes is the Executive Director, based in Launceston – contact E: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0458 653 319.
Mark and Fiona are being supported and assisted by a team of RT volunteers drawn from RT’s membership base of about 210 Tasmanian’s – as at June 2018.
- All Tasmanian’s are invited to become members of RT, simply by clicking on the ‘Members Register Here’ menu link.
- All expressions of interest receive a prompt response with details of membership levels available to them
- ‘Active’ which means actively involved and ‘Passive’ which means being kept informed about RT’s activities.
- All active members are invited to become a RT volunteer to work with us within their personal constraints of time and talents as well as geographic limitations.
Free Online Course: Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education
The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia will once again offer the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education starting October 23rd
This free six week course supports professional and personal learning for advancing Indigenous priorities and reconciliation in community, education, and work settings. It runs asynchronously, which means you view materials and engage in the course at your own pace. There are many exemplars from Canada, Australia, the US, and New Zealand from which to learn.