At Barker we are celebrating Reconciliation Week this week to show support for our First Nations students, their families and cultures, and to restate our commitment to our Reconciliation Action Plan.

National Reconciliation Week is held every year from 27 May to 3 June to bring attention to the need for healing in this nation. Those dates mark the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the High Court’s Mabo decision, which are important milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey.

Reconciliation in Australia is everyone’s responsibility, something that we are reminded of in this year’s Reconciliation Week theme #InThisTogether.

On May 26 2020, we remember the children of the Stolen Generations and pay respect to their families, and to the communities who were changed irreparably. It is a time to remember and say sorry for injustices committed against First Nations peoples.

In 1997 the Bringing Them Home Report formally exposed the actions of successive Australian governments which amounted to what we today know as the Stolen Generations. On May 26th 1998 the first National Sorry Day was held to commemorate the anniversary of the report and acknowledge the wrongs committed against generations of First Nations families, wrongs which continue to affect Indigenous people today.

Tom Calma in his Formal Response on behalf of the Stolen Generations to the Australian Parliament’s National Apology wrote “this is not just about the Stolen Generations – it is about every Australian”, words that are echoed by this year’s Reconciliation Week theme: #InThisTogether.

At Barker we will be celebrating Reconciliation Week this calendar week to show support for our First Nations students, their families and their cultures, and to reengage with our commitment to our Reconciliation Action Plan and the 5 dimensions of reconciliation: historical acceptance, race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, and unity.

Students will be hearing about reconciliation in Chapel and Connect Group during the week.

Listen to what Reconciliation means to Barker’s students and staff.