Monday, 27 May 2019

This week, as a Nation, we celebrate Reconciliation. A time were we reflect on what we can contribute to our Nation’s voice in building strong understanding and meaningful relationships with Aboriginal Australia.
It is time to learn the truth of our shared history, our Ancient past. Not to avert our eyes, acknowledge our past, the atrocities taken and acknowledge some of our amazing Indigenous Australians.

The theme for 2019 is Grounded in Truth – Walk together in Courage says ...

At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history. Our nation’s past is reflected in the present, and will continue to play out in future unless we heal historical wounds.

Today, 80 per cent of Australians believe it is important to undertake formal truth telling processes, according to the 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer. Australians are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other.

Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage. This National Reconciliation Week, we invite Australians from all backgrounds to contribute to our national movement towards a unified future.

WestMAC will be celebrating Reconciliation with our Indigenous Liaison Officer, Mrs Phyllis Marsh. Mrs Marsh will be visiting Middle and Senior students during RAVE classes and speaking with them at Chapel, while Junior students will be creating their own Truth Tree - Reconciliation in action!

It is going to be a great time over the next few weeks learning and coming together in shared knowledge. WestMAC has a strong footprint in Reconciliation and we are continuing to grow, we should all be proud as we Ground ourselves and walk forward.

Today, Monday 27 May, we learnt from and listened to the stories of the Elders of Ipswich. Thank you to Aunty Faye, Aunty Sheryl and Aunty Gloria for joining us.

What we will do together will make the difference!