Australia has a rich cultural diversity thanks to the diversity brought in by refugees from around the world with National Refugee Week paying homage to the contribution they make to our society.
This year’s Refugee Week will focus on healing to promote harmony and togetherness. Healing unites communities and individuals from diverse backgrounds with the theme serving as a reminder that we all share a need for healing and acceptance.
Running from Sunday 19 June through to Saturday 25 June over 40 events will be held across the State to acknowledge the contribution that refugees have made to South Australian society.
There are an array of exhibitions, cultural events, forums and community days to celebrate the achievements of refugees and their contribution to South Australia.
South Australian Minister for Tourism and Multicultural Affairs Zoe Bettison says “Refugee Week events give us all valuable insights into the challenges refugees face – often on a daily basis – during the early years of their settlement.
“We acknowledge and reflect on the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees here in South Australia and around the world.”
Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.
Healing can occur through storytelling, through community and through realisation of our intrinsic interconnectedness as individuals.
A thriving partnership and continued investment will provide opportunities to operators who have struggled so much throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
The aims of Refugee Week
- to educate the Australian public about who refugees are and why they have come to Australia;
- to help people understand the many challenges refugees face coming to Australia;
- to celebrate the contribution refugees make to our community;
to focus on how the community can provide a safe and welcoming environment for refugees;
- for community groups and individuals to do something positive for refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people, within Australia but also around the world; and
- for service providers to reflect on whether they are providing the best possible services to refugees.
Refugee Week runs from Sunday June 19 – Saturday June 25th 2022.
For more information on Refugee Week and a full program, visit the website here.