Reconciliation Day

“In this Together”

On May 27th, the start of national reconciliation week, Year 12 student Chloe Bethune acknowledges the country we meet, learn and live on. Chloe’s heritage is from the Watjarri and Martu tribes

“This year is a little different. The theme of the week is “In this Together”, which is something we have all heard a lot of since lockdown started”.

Reconciliation week started on May the 27th, a day that marks when the referendum was passed from the Australian government to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians recognised in the census. The end date 3rd June marks the day that the Australian government recognised the native title, and acknowledged indigenous Australians as the original occupants of Australia.

June 26th was national sorry day, where we say sorry to the stolen generation.

“Today I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of this beautiful land we are all learning on today. And pay my respects to the Gunai Kurnai peoples and the Brataualung people of the Kulin nations. And pay my respects to their elders past present and emerging”.

“I’d like to extend my acknowledgement as well to all of Australia, and pay my respects for elders past present and emerging all around Australia”.

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