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Reconciliation Action Plan

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Time to listen and learn because change only starts with us

“I gained a greater understanding of the importance of ‘sorry’, Reconciliation and the power of education. I believe encouraging school students to visit places like the Beulah Community, in order to hear directly from First Nations peoples, is essential for creating change,” says Year 12 St Hilda’s School student Aimee Webb on her recent excursion to the Beulah Community and St Mark’s Anglican Church, Buderim

Jarjums Connect Group children learning how to use fire sticks
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Connecting First Nations children with Country and culture

“Jarjums Connect Group was established for all children, carers, families, staff, First Nations Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to come together and immerse themselves in the sharing of First Nations history, cultural knowledge and a variety of cultural practices,” says Anglicare’s Lalania Tusa

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Traditional Owners: leaders

“One of the things that I do remember from my childhood and schooling was that there was no separation of the non-Indigenous and First Nations students at school. What that meant is that I was used to being a leader and spokesperson for all the school students,” says priest and Wakka Wakka man The Rev’d Canon Bruce Boase

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NAIDOC Week: history, origins and this year’s activities

“The founder of NAIDOC Week, William Cooper, was a devout Christian and he asked Australian churches to start praying for Aboriginal peoples on what was originally known as ‘Aborigines Sunday’. Christians as a whole have played a significant role in the history of First Nations peoples and our future depends on us learning, working and walking together,” says ACSQ RAP Coordinator Sandra King OAM, who also tells us what NAIDOC Week events and activities are being held between Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 November