National Reconciliation Week at Canteen

Submitted by Analytics oa on 26 May 2023
26 May 2023

This National Sorry Day and ahead of National Reconciliation Week starting tomorrow, Canteen is reaffirming our commitment to national reconciliation in recognition of cancer’s disproportionate impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It’s an important time for all Australians to learn about and explore reconciliation and Canteen is recognising this important week with a range of activities.


Indigenous Australians Under 18s Program

As you’re reading, a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and Canteen staff are attending our first Indigenous Australians Under 18s program. Taking place on Anangu land in Central Australia, this peer connection program gives young people a chance to experience the rich culture that Uluru holds. The group will be taking part in traditional dot painting, a tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and a sunset camel ride around Uluru led by Traditional Owners of the land. Like all Canteen programs, there will also be time for our young people to come together and yarn about their experiences and connect with each other. 


Staff events 

Canteen staff from across the country will meet to reflect on our reconciliation journey so far and learn more about the next steps of this process. Hosted at our national office on Gadigal Land, the event will include a traditional smoking ceremony as well as updates from our CEO, the reconciliation team and a member of the Young Adult Reconciliation Network (YARN).  Since Canteen connects with young people and families across Australia, we will also be participating in a variety of activities to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week locally in each state. This will make sure that as many young people and staff are connecting with this important week as possible. To see what each state gets up to, head to Canteen’s Instagram account.


Young Adult Reconciliation Network (YARN)

National Reconciliation Week is a great time to plan the future of Canteen’s commitment to reconciliation and that’s exactly what our YARN group will be doing to conclude the week. The YARN was developed to ensure the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are heard, valued and considered as we implement our second Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. Read Canteen’s Innovate RAP here.


Connect with us

For the entirety of National Reconciliation Week, we are spotlighting Canteen’s commitment to reconciliation across our social media accounts. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to stay up to date.