National Reconciliation Week 2019

On 27 May Churches of Christ in Queensland demonstrated its commitment to Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by holding an event at the Kenmore Campus for staff, volunteers and the community. Pictured above is Nick Burns (Mission Action Partner), Rowena Singleton (Reconciliation Action Plan Officer), Uncle Steve Coghill, Gary Edwards (Chief Executive Officer) and Lindy Drew-Tsang (Manager Inclusion and Diversity).

Since we started to implement our second Reconciliation Action Plan in October 2017, we continue to make inroads to deliver on the commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.

Service delivery teams in our aged care; children, youth and family services and our housing services have focussed increasingly on developing culturally supportive services to our clients.  As an organisation, we are rolling out face-to-face cultural training for managers and staff.  The Children, Youth and Families service has formed an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, Gili Burra, who help us to build our cultural strength to support children and young people. 

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.

You can watch the Churches of Christ in Queensland’s Reconciliation Action Plan video here.

National Reconciliation Week commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum on 27 May, and the High Court Mabo decision on 3 June 1992.

The week is 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.

Today, National Reconciliation Week is celebrated by communities, businesses and individuals at thousands of events across Australia, including Churches of Christ in Queensland services and communities.

We are dedicated to the reconciliation journey through our Reconciliation Action Plan. Our commitment walks a path that acknowledges our shared history with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and seeks to build lasting relationships, transforming our future together.

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 28, 2019 in Our blog