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Talking about Reconciliation – Four Teens Share What Reconciliation Week Means to Them

What does ‘Grounded in Truth – Walking Together with Courage’ mean to you?

“Everyone coming together and moving forward.”

Melanie Painter-Dixon, Yr 11

This week marks the National Reconciliation Week (NRW2019), which is topped and tailed by two important dates in our history, The 1967 referendum on May 27th and the High Court Mabo Decision on June 3rd. The week is a time of coming together as a nation in learning about and recognising our shared histories, cultures and achievements and imagining how a reconciled future can be achieved.

We spoke to four teens from our Opportunity Hub Program about what Reconciliation means to them and their thoughts on this year’s theme, ‘Grounded in Truth – Walking Together with Courage’.

Foremost the students shared the feeling of pride for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and highlighted the need for more education and knowledge on the subject. They further recognise the need for the nation to come together and move forward as one.

Yuin Mumbulla, Macquarie Fields High School, Yr10 , Mob / Tribe: Yuin, Dunghutti and Yeagl

What does NRW mean to you?

“To me it means something big. I thank the hard work of those before me like Eddie Mabo for fighting for the things that I have now.” 

How do you and the family celebrate?

My Auntie works in the community at a local school and attends local events.

What does the 2019 theme change going forward?

That the community will learn more about our history and culture and in return will bring more education.

Why are you proud of your Aboriginal heritage?

For a lot of reasons, for one my long Indigenous history, my families journey, the fight and campaigns that have created change and equal rights to our country.

As a culture what do you want to see in the future?

I want there to be more Aboriginal education within our schools to ensure our culture and history is shared correctly and equally.

I would also like to see more community based centres for Indigenous culture to be easily accessed by all of the community to engage in learning about our culture hands on and bring about the truths about our culture and teachings from local Indigenous people. 

Melanie Painter-Dixon- Year 11 James Meehan High School

What does the word Reconciliation mean to you?

A week to share our history to others of Australia.

What do you like about this year’s theme and message ‘Grounded in Truth’?

Everyone coming together and moving forward.

How will you acknowledge this week?

We are working together to have one next year due to having a new AEO.

Jandamarra Sloane- Year 12 Ambarvale High School

What does the word Reconciliation mean to you?

Reconciliation means everyone coming together and treating each other with respect. I think it’s really good because we’re learning about our culture and that all Australian’s will get to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.

What do you like about this year’s theme and message ‘Grounded in Truth’?

“That we share positive race, relationships and must be grounded in a foundation of truth.”

How will you acknowledge this week?

My school has not organised anything for National Reconciliation Week this year, but l would like to see it more in the school, as it is Important for our Culture.

Tameika Hardy- Year 9 James Meehan High School

What does the word Reconciliation mean to you?

It means that all Australians learn about our shared Cultures

What do you like about this year’s theme and message ‘Grounded in Truth’?

“People form stronger relationships and working together.”

How will you acknowledge this week?

Celebrate National Reconciliation Week at school and any events in Campbelltown area.


Our Vision for Reconciliation

MTC’s vision for reconciliation is a culture that embraces unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. Also, a culture that represents equality.  Equity and historical acceptance of shared history.

Our vision is a nation where any person can gain skills and employment, and engage in society so as to enhance their potential, self-worth and enable possibilities for transformative change.

MTC is committed to playing its part in achieving this vision by working respectfully and collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.