National Sorry Day
Today we held our very special National Sorry Day Liturgy.
On this day, we acknowledge that the journey towards reconciliation forms a significant part of Australia’s story, as do the stories of both trauma and triumph told by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Today also marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week which runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. Today, we take the time to recognise that reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, in the knowledge that we believe in fairness for everyone, that our diversity makes us richer, and that together, we are stronger. We are called, as the theme of Reconciliation Week suggests to ‘Take the Next Steps’ together.
At the end of the Liturgy, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students shared their hopes for the future, and we would like to share them with you.
Ackron: I hope I live in a country where all indigenous and non-indigenous people work towards reconciliation
Alaina: I hope I live in a country where I have the opportunities to choose whatever profession I want
Mona: We hope we live in a country that has closed the gap in Indigenous and non-Indigenous health
Maddie: I hope I live in a country where no one is judged because of their racial background or skin colour
Leilani: I hope that I live in a country where each person from different nations are welcomed and get along
Torue: I hope I live in a country where the number of indigenous peoples in prison is not over represented
Imani: I hope I live in a country where all people in Australia get equal access to education
Tatyana: I hope that I can lead by example for the younger Torres Strait Islander people
We also invite you to read the full National Sorry Day Liturgy, which included personal stories from our students.
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