May, June and July are eventful months for Aboriginal children, families and their communities. They are also a time for us all to think, reflect and recommit to our own contribution towards building flourishing Australian communities.
As a country, we are heading towards National Reconciliation Week, to be held 27 May – 3 June, beginning with Sorry Day and ending with Mabo Day. This year’s theme is Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage.
National Sorry Day was marked on Sunday the 26th of May, with National Reconciliation Week beginning today. St Emilie’s students will be reflecting on Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week this Friday.
What is it?
May 26 begins a week-long commemoration of significant events in the encounter between Aboriginal peoples and later arrivals in Australia.
Sorry Day, which honours the Stolen Generation of Indigenous children stripped from their families, bookends Reconciliation Week with the Referendum and the Mabo decision that marks its close.
The week is one for all Australians to participate in and reflect on.
God of Love,
You are the Creator of this land and of all good things.
This week we acknowledge the pain and shame of aspects of our history
and the suffering of our Aboriginal peoples,
Our hope is in You because you gave your Son Jesus
to reconcile the world to you.
We pray for your strength and grace to accept and love one another,
as you love and accept us.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history and learn from them
so that we may build a better, a more just and a more respectful future for Australia.
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land.
Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to discover their true dignity.
May your power and love be the foundation
on which we build our families, our communities and our nation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.