Activities for National Reconciliation Week 2016

27 May 2016

 Activities for National Reconciliation Week 2016

 

Share Your Story.  A key to understanding the story of Aboriginal peoples is knowing your own story and what is important to you. 

 

Little things to do that will make a big difference:

·       Display Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander symbols in your school, starting with the front reception area.  Symbols could include:

o   National Reconciliation Week logo

o   Gum leaves

o   Candle

o   Bark from the tree

o   Earth

o   Water

 

·       Have students reflect on the following questions:

o   What is your cultural background? 

o   Where do you come from? 

o   In what way do you feel part of Australia?

o   Identify one thing that unites all Australians?

 

·       Have an “Acknowledgement of Country” & flag raising ceremony. (Note that in 1995 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were made are official flags of Australia under the Flags Act 1953.)

  

 o   Name the other official flags of Australia

·       Create a motto about Reconciliation

·       Have students share a future dream for Australia

o   How can this dream be achieved

·       Write a “reconciliation” song to sing at a school assembly

·       Create a bollard about a Melbourne Aboriginal person and share their story

·       Make a Reconciliation banner

·       Invite a local Aboriginal Elder to come and discuss Reconciliation with

students.

·       Collect newspaper, magazines and other articles related to Reconciliation and

display.

·       Student’s write down what Reconciliation means to them.

o   a story

o   a poem

o   a song

·       Write a prayer for reconciliation

 

Reconciliation Reflection

“Our struggle for Indigenous rights and equality is bound up inextricably with the rights of all Australians. Our freedom is your freedom. Reconciliation is not an isolated event but part of the fabric of this nation.

The Council and I believe in a lasting reconciliation that is a healing salve for the woes of this land.

We believe in a resolution of the national conscience that leads to a society where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures are respected and valued as the first peoples of this land and share in the nation’s wealth. This recognition should extend into our constitution and all institutions.

We extend our hand to other Australians.

Those Australians who take our hands are those that dare dream of an Australia that could be.  In true reconciliation, through the remembering, the grieving and the healing we can come to terms with our conscience and become as one in the dreaming of this land.

What a rich and valuable heritage to leave our children – a 56,000 year culture, thriving in a country at peace with its conscience.

Will you take our hand?

Will you dare to share our dream?”

Evelyn Scott (Ctrl + Click)

 

 

Resources:

·       National Reconciliation Week 2016

·       Maggolee – Here in this place – Local councils working together with local Aboriginal communities (Ctrl + Click)

·       National Reconciliation Week Resources (Ctrl + Click)