As I write this contribution, we are in day 2 of Reconciliation Week. This week starts with National Sorry Day on Tuesday 26 May, in remembrance of the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the stolen generations. It is a week of reflection on the past, where we are today and for what we want to see in the future; for a reconciled Australia.
This week is another stark reminder that Aboriginal children continue to be over-represented in the Child Protection system. And we play an important part in this system.
It is our responsibility to ensure that Aboriginal children grow up strong and connected to culture and community because we know that this connection to identity is a protective factor when overcoming the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We all have our part to play, and we are in this together.
Jen, our Aboriginal Cultural Worker, has been working on updating our resources section on the LCC Carer Portal with lots of rich information about history, suggestions for books and activities that can foster a child’s connection to their culture, and also a resource for all children to learn more about the richness of the cultures that exist amongst Aboriginal people. As we reflect, we also have an opportunity to imagine a reconciled future. NAIDOC week (celebrated in July) provides us with that perfect opportunity to come together and celebrate the beauty and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. While we still not yet sure what it will look like due to restrictions around COVID-19, stay tuned and we will keep you updated as information comes to us about how we might be able to celebrate and join in NAIDOC celebrations.