National reconciliation week makes us recognise the importance of acknowledging the history of Aboriginal dispossession and why it is essential in understanding the contemporary Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal relations. It is time for all of us to learn of our shared histories, cultures and achievements while exploring how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Palmerston’s Aboriginal community worker Roger Pickett explains that:
“Reconciliation week is a great concept and it does acknowledge the process of relationship building with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. I think reconciliation week is growing every year and it’s pleasing to see numbers increasing at these events.
At Palmerston, we have celebrated reconciliation week through the display of Aboriginal flags, brochures, as well as information regarding reconciliation week and our staff, participate in local community celebrations. Staff will also join in in this years ‘Walk for Reconciliation’ at Yagan Square honoring the theme “Grounded in truth, walk together with courage”.
Roger clarifies that “it’s a great theme to me, and it will be challenging for some as it is about sparking conversations that will no doubt push the comfortable space … that for Aboriginal people it is something that we have always thought and talked about amongst our family and friends. The best thing that will come from this is an opportunity to participate in conversations, and with all good conversations comes enlightenment through the sharing of knowledge”