FIRE Carrier (Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education)
Melbourne Girls Grammar, has lodged a RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) with Reconciliation Australia. Opening the Doors Foundation (OTDF) is launching a FIRE Carrier Project to promote and encourage reconciliation in Victorian schools and support partner schools on their Reconciliation journey.
Fire is at the Heart of Aboriginal Culture
The gathering of people in a circle around the fire is for the calling of people together for cooking, eating and warmth at night. It is used for smoking the people and the land when gathered for important ceremonies. It is around the fire that stories are told and the law was taught. Fire is at the heart of Aboriginal culture. In the Aboriginal community fire represents the spiritual connection for the individual to Mother Earth and the Ancestors. And so it is fire that represents the learning, teaching and your schools journey towards Reconciliation.
The Fire Carrier
A student is elected annually in the same manner as other school representatives to become the FIRE Carrier. If your school has a social justice group or reconciliation committee, they can collectively become FIRE Carriers. It's important to note that the FIRE Carrier is not limited to Aboriginal students.
Carrying the FIRE with ACM and OTDF
The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM) aims to be perceived as an Aboriginal Community recognised for the commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples having their rightful place in the Church and the wider community. Inspired by the Gospel we are committed to the dignity of each person to open hospitality, to truth telling about dispossession and to be a place of connection. We work for reconciliation, in partnership with those who believe that there can be an alternative to the present order. Led by the Creator Spirit we are a community of Memory and Hope committed to Truth and Reconciliation.
ACM and OTDF Commitment to your school:
As a school that commits to being a FIRE Carrier you recognise that national issues exist locally and in doing so you give an ongoing commitment to the Opening the Doors Foundation in the school: