Reconciliation unfinished business 20 years after Bringing Them Home
Reconciliation is unfinished business, 20 years after Bringing Them Home
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has praised the work of Indi’s aboriginal communities ahead of National Reconciliation Week which runs from 27 May – 3 June.
Ms McGowan, who joined students and staff at the Sorry Day Assembly at Bright P-12 College on Friday 26 May, expressed appreciation for the leadership shown by aboriginal communities in the many initiatives across North East Victoria promoting reconciliation.
“Sorry Day this year marks 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report was handed down. Reconciliation is unfinished business, and events like the Sorry Day Assembly are an opportunity to recognise the work that remains to be done,” Ms McGowan said.
“Bright P-12’s program to get students proficient in the Dhuduroa language is an inspiring way to share culture and understanding at a very local level,” Ms McGowan said.
“I thank the Dhudhuroa people, traditional owners of the land around Bright, and the local community, for initiatives like this and the annual Marngrook family footy event involving players from Wadeye in the Northern territory.”
Ms McGowan also praised the work of the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service, a community-led organisation employing 50 staff, of whom 25 are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, to look after the health needs of the local aboriginal community.
“This week we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and 25 years since the Mabo decision,” Ms McGowan said.
“In 2017 there is still a long way to go. Reconciliation requires full inclusion. Services such as AWAHS and the Central Hume Primary Care Partnership demonstrate how important it is to support the skill and creativity of aboriginal communities to improve access to the services and resources they need.”
Image: Cathy McGowan with the Indigenous Language students and teachers at Bright P-12