More than a word. Reconciliation takes action – National Reconciliation Week 2021

More than a word. Reconciliation takes action - National Reconciliation Week 2021

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about Australia’s shared history and culture. This year marks 20 years of Reconciliation Australia and almost 30 years of Australia’s formal reconciliation process. This year’s theme, ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’ really seeks a collaborative approach to build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

As Australia’s leading language service provider, we’re always looking at ways to connect people through language so they can live life without limits and access services they need. Australian Indigenous languages represent cultural identity, development and reconciliation.

At the time of European settlement in 1788 it is estimated that there were between 200 and 300 distinct Indigenous Australian languages, including 800 dialectal varieties, spoken on the continent. Today it is estimated to be only 120 first languages currently spoken, with many of these now in high risk of being lost forever. At LanguageLoop, we are helping to keep these languages alive by providing Indigenous language services.

In addition to this, we have updated our Acknowledgement of Country translation list from 20 to 32 of Victoria’s most common languages. These additional languages enable even more multilingual Australians to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay respect to Australia’s elders past and present.

We are continuously building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Reconciliation week is a great motivator to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Header image source: National Reconciliation Week

This blog post is brought to you by LanguageLoop, Australia’s leading language services provider. With our commitment to facilitating communication across diverse Australian society, we turn words into possibilities.  Follow us on social media to learn more.


Our latest insights

Language Loop Infinity Symbol

Let's Talk

With our network of over 3,600 professional interpreters, in 190+ languages (including Indigenous languages) we enable you to connect with your customers in any language, anywhere, anytime.

LanguageLoop acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, and community.  We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

We work on the lands of the Kulin Nation in Naarm.