Community urged to open arms to rich Australian heritage

A leading not-for-profit organisation is commemorating the vast culture and history of Indigenous Australians and their strong contribution to the Australian identity.

Churches of Christ in Queensland’s services and churches will celebrate National Reconciliation Week, taking place from 27 May to 3 June, with the theme ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’.

This year marks 25 years of formal reconciliation in Australia with the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 1991, 15 years since Reconciliation Australia was formed and 10 successful years of its Reconciliation Action Plans.

Chief Executive Officer Dean Phelan said National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn and appreciate the rich cultural history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and value their contribution for a better tomorrow.

“Reconciliation is a journey that we are dedicated to, and through our Reconciliation Action Plan, our commitment walks a path that acknowledges our shared history with Indigenous Australians and seeks to build lasting relationships, transforming our future together,” Mr Phelan said

“We acknowledge the ongoing challenges and possibilities present in all of our communities. The future for all of us lies in strengthening relationships through trust, appreciation and love – working together to build family resilience and community strength that appreciates the richness and contribution that can come from different histories and culture.

Throughout National Reconciliation Week, Churches of Christ in Queensland will be hosting enriching community events with residents, staff and volunteers to formally recognise and thank our Indigenous communities for their invaluable contributions to a strong Australian community.

Churches of Christ in Queensland is committed to fairness and equality of all people. The organisation’s commitment to reconciliation forms a promise to build stronger relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, develop a deeper understanding and respect of their cultures and create opportunities to work together.

Posted May 23, 2016 in News