'How can we take 'sorry' to the next level?' was the underlining question in our Sorry Day virtual yarning circle held last Wednesday May 26.
In line with the theme for Reconciliation Week 2021 #MoreThanJustAWord, the focus of this event challenged colleagues to reanalyse how we can take further action and meaningfully contribute to the healing process of our First Nations peoples, who to this day, continue to battle with memories and impacts of a painful past.
Led by highly regarded senior social worker and researcher Dawn Bessaerab, an Aboriginal woman of Bardi descent, colleagues were guided through key dates in Australia's history including the year our First Nations peoples were first invaded and colonised (1788), the overturning of the legal fiction Terra nullius (1992) and the process of the formal apology which took eight years to plan, consult and conduct (2000-2008).
Professor Besserab also encouraged colleagues to put greater thought into how we as individuals and a collective can address the needs of First Nations peoples by creating culturally safe spaces that enable us to listen, learn and live together in dignity.
As an organisation advocating on behalf of vulnerable members in our communities, we must remember our First Nations peoples make up a significant amount of this portion. As emulated in our RAP, we must continue to review how we are creating economic, educational and social opportunities that allow them to recover and flourish on their own land.
In celebrating 20 years of Reconciliation Australia, Communicare acknowledges the mistreatment of the Stolen generations, refine our commitment to driving and sustaining positive relationships with our First Nations peoples, and brave to take more purposeful action in strengthening our sorry.
If you couldn't tune into this virtual Yarning Circle, we encourage you to watch the recorded version here.
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