Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for our school community to learn about Australia’s 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.
At SCEGGS, NRW has always been a week of reflection, consideration and action. As a School community we acknowleded this at a special Assembly on Monday with special guest speaker Josephine Cashman of the Warrimay People. Josephine is a lawyer, entrepreneur, media commentator and Chair of the Big River Impact Foundation, an Indigenous-led public benevolent organisation. The girls will be involved in other activities throughout the week.
The 2019 theme for National Reconciliation Week is Grounded in Truth: Walk together with Courage. This theme reminds us that at the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This week at SCEGGS, both teachers and students will be invited to consider the truths of our Nation’s history, because 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. At SCEGGS we 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.