Although we can’t participate in all the activities we had planned, we did manage to...
Although we can’t participate in all the activities we had planned, we did manage to have an event for the opening of Reconciliation Week just before Melbourne’s lockdown commenced.
The theme this year for Reconciliation Week is More than a Word - Reconciliation Takes Action. A group of nine students and three teachers started off by watching a movie called Looky, Looky, Here Comes Cooky, presented by Steven Oliver, a comedian, and descendant of the Kukuyalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples. Whilst it is less than an hour, it is very informative and featured many different Indigenous singers and songwriters.
We then talked through what we had watched and the issues it raised by showing us the story of European arrival from a purely Indigenous perspective. It was so good to have these meaningful conversations and different perspectives from the Year 7s, to the Year 12s and the teachers. After this we watched an online seminar Moving Beyond Words, hosted by Bridge Darebin. It tackled many of the ongoing issues that are evident in today’s society and the panel consisted off three Indigenous leaders and a non-Indigenous Australian who all shared their perspectives.
Thank you to all involved with this event