It is National Reconciliation Week, a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. It’s also an opportunity to explore how each of us contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Reverend Mitchell Garlett is a proud Whadjuk man, to him reconciliation is time to know there is progress being made. “I heard this statement a long time ago: ‘We aren’t truly reconciled with God until we are reconciled with one another’. That statement stuck with me and challenged me. My hope for change is that everyone is truly respected for who they are.”
Colin Battersby from Indigenous Ministries Australia says it is a time of reflection and learning. “For us (non-Indigenous Australians) it’s really looking in the mirror and asking ‘how have I been a part of the problem?’ But also, ‘how can I learn and listen and be a part of standing alongside Indigenous voices and supporting them?'”
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