This week, I wanted to discuss the importance of National Reconciliation Week with celebrations and activities being held around Australia between 27 May – 3 June 2017. Reconciliation is about acknowledging the past and moving forward together to a better future. This is summed up beautifully by Ochre Dawn with their Unity Pin: “Through acknowledgement of the wrongs of the past, we can heal and build a future where the people of Australia walk together with reverence and unity”. This is truly a worthwhile acknowledgement and celebration of Australians taking a positive step towards the future together rather than in isolation.
The reason I’m thinking about Reconciliation this week especially, is that I will be attending the National Reconciliation Week Breakfast on Friday 19 May here in SA, as well as other activities. As an Australian that is exceptionally lucky to have two incredibly strong heritages: Badimaya (Aboriginal) and Ukrainian, I feel that it is important to expose my children to celebrations and discussions on issues – Reconciliation being one of them.
I’ve attached a flyer on the topic of this week’s breakfast and links to Reconciliation Australia and Reconciliation South Australia incase you haven’t seen the information.
The purpose of this week’s blog is to encourage you to join in activities occurring around the country in the next couple of weeks. Why not get a group of friends together and attend an activity or possibly organise something for your school or workplace? Reconciliation Week is not just for Aboriginal people, but for everyone to come together. This is the link for the South Australian calendar .
Hopefully I’ve given you some food for thought,