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Thursday 27 May

National Reconciliation Week kicks off today. 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.

Tune in tonight, Thursday 27 May at 8.30pm on NITV for the premier of Always Blak Always Cracked – a yarn that’s sure to have you in stitches as it takes you on a journey full of First Nations humour, direct from the mouths of three Murri Comedians (the mob in South East Queensland), including Steph Tisdell. NITV will be rolling out a variety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ documentaries and films across the week and you can read more here.

There’s heaps of events happening online (and in person for those outside of Victoria), many of which are listed on the Reconciliation Australia website. Some that we’ll be sure to check out include: the Virtual Indigenous Film Festival featuring a selection of award-winning Australian films; a virtual screening of Wik vs Queensland, a feature doco surrounding the historical court decision in 1996 by the High Court of Australia, granting native title to the Wik People of Cape York in Far North Queensland; and the in conversation event More than a word: Reconciliation Takes Action, facilitated by Teach For Australia and featuring First Nations Educators and allies discussing how to positively influence change in our personal life, work, and the schools and communities we work with. For those looking to engage the littlies in the week’s activities check out NGV Kids at Home: Art Club with Jenna Le.

If you missed it during the Festival, for Reconciliation Week we’ve made our online panel Deadly Funny Women: In Conversation available again. Deadly Funny Women features three of Australia’s finest First Nations comedians ­- Karla Hart, Steph Tisdell and Kimmie Lovegrove – discuss their lived experiences and the opportunities and barriers facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the comedy industry. You can watch the full program below until Thursday 3 June.

Deadly Funny Women: In Conversation

<Unfortunately Deadly Funny Women: In Conversation is no longer available>

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021 is More than a word, a theme that urges us all to take action for reconciliation, so head over and read more on Reconciliation Australia’s 20 Actions for Reconciliation in 2021.