National Reconciliation Week, which is celebrated annually from 27 May to 3 June, 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.
On Wednesday, 29 May 2019, we celebrated at 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta with well over 100 corporate staff joining us for a Welcome to Country and a discussion on the history of National Reconciliation Week and the importance of reconciliation by Aunty Millie Ingram.
Welcome to Country
“We’ve come a long way in my lifetime,” Aunty Millie said. “We are getting there but we’ve still got a long way to go. We can make it happen if we, as Australians, stick together; and if all Australia recognises that we, as Aboriginal people, have the respect and acknowledgement as the First Nations people.”
Video - What National Reconciliation Week means to some NSW public schools
A major contributor to the success of our event was a video created for us of our students sharing what reconciliation means to them, and showcasing what they do in Aboriginal education and/or for National Reconciliation Week in their schools.
The video, which was arranged by Colleen Mitchell, Aboriginal Education and Wellbeing Advisor, at Nirimba Education Precinct, Quakers Hill, received a lot of great and positive feedback from staff. We could see the dedication and effort everyone had made to create it for us. And we found it insightful, interesting and moving. It’s clear from the video that schools are doing an outstanding job of advancing Aboriginal education as authentic, daily teaching and learning experiences.
For those who missed it, you can watch the video below.
Some of the video highlights include:
- An opening acknowledgement from Paris Mitchell, a student from Plumpton High School who lives and attends school on the lands of her ancestors, the Darug people.
- A didgeridoo group from Hawkesbury High School who meet regularly with community members to learn the techniques of playing with the view to continuing their culture (at 13:02)
- Two girls from Hawkesbury High School in front of the turtle mural (at 7:02). Their current leadership group is predominantly Aboriginal.
- The Liven Deadly video featuring students from Eastern Creek Public School which was compiled by Jie Pittman as part of the weekly program he delivers to the school (at 19:16)
- A beautiful closing animation which was created by a teacher at Eastern Creek Public School (at 21:45).