Reconciliation Week

Engadine High School

EHS acknowledges Reconciliation Week - Grounded in Truth. Walk Together with Courage. At Engadine High we always celebrate inclusion and practice empathy. 

We were very fortunate to have Katie Sigsworth, a proud Worimi woman from the mid north coast of NSW, address our whole school assembly this week. She reminded us that, "in order to walk together with courage we have to acknowledge the truth … but we all need to walk together with courage to heal the wounds of our history and work towards Reconciliation." This we are committed to at Engadine High School.

National Sorry Day is a day where we remember that in 2008, non-Indigenous Australians said 'sorry' to the Stolen Generations - to those who were removed from their families due to racist government policies.  Today, we continue to remember the importance of saying 'sorry', not because what happened was any of our fault, but because the effects of the Stolen Generations are still playing out for Aboriginal communities around this country.  When you remove a generation of children from a culture it takes a long time to heal. 

Today Aboriginal Australians die on average younger than non-Indigenous Australians.  Aboriginal people are more likely to be incarcerated and out of work than non-Indigenous people.  Why?  Because the healing process is ongoing for Aboriginal people, and the challenges of making Aboriginal communities strong again need to be tackled together.  Here at Engadine High, we always celebrate inclusion and practice empathy.  Together, we can heal the wounds of our history and work towards Reconciliation, which means the coming together of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

 

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