National Reconciliation Week is next week – Grounded in truth!

Hazel Glen College recognises the rich Aboriginal heritage of this country and acknowledges the Wurundjeri Willum Clan as the traditional owners of this place.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is 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.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The 2019 NRW theme is “Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage”

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.

Maverick hip-hop artist Briggs released a song Friday titled ‘The Children Came Back’ that laudes the championship of Australia’s First Peoples. The song commemorates Indigenous Australians who have triumphed despite the Australian Government’s oppressive policies such as cultural assimilation ones that removed children from their families. Briggs said it encouraged the effort towards reconciliation between First Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.
“This is a history lesson, a monologue, a celebration and an education in one song,” he said.
The song is a sequel to Archie Roach’s They Took the Children Away, produced 25 years ago for his Charcoal Lane album that pays homage to the generation of Indigenous children who were removed from their families.
It has been released with his blessing. “I love Briggs’ song,” said Mr Roach. “It’s about our Indigenous heroes. Using a part of my song, where it says ‘the children came back’ is really what the song is about.

Thank you and have a great National Reconciliation Week!

Matthew Sortino