Today marks the first day of National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June 2021). A time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Yesterday, as part of our commitment to reconciliation, Rural Lifestyle Options Australia held a Virtual Afternoon Tea in acknowledgement of National Sorry Day (26 May) and to recognise the significance of National Reconciliation Week.
During the event, attendees heard the story of Sheila Humphries, one voice of the Stolen Generations, who, as a child, was taken from her parents and placed in an orphanage by authorities who thought they knew best.
Sheila’s story reinforced the importance of progressing Reconciliation, and served as a reminder to us all that we need to take braver and more impactful action to play our part in elevating the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As an organisation, we believe that Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, in order to create a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
To learn more about our commitment to reconciliation, please visit www.rloa.org.au/rap