Celebrating our Reconciliation Action Plan
Recently we held a very special afternoon tea to celebrate the launch of our
very first Reconciliation Action Plan. By formalising our commitment to
reconciliation through developing our action plan we are taking our next
steps towards reconciliation.
We welcomed two very special guests Deborah Lennis, Community
Development Officer – Aboriginal Programs, of Inner West Council and local
Elder Uncle Max Eulo. Cherie spoke about how we have worked as a team,
with families and council in developing our RAP. She noted that reconciliation
was not just about this day it is about the journey and how we work towards
providing children with opportunities to learn about Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander culture and history going forward in meaningful ways.
Together with the children we acknowledged the land and our special guests
by singing our Acknowledgement to Country song.
Deborah performed a Welcome to Country in local Wangal language and
praised us as being one of only four centre’s nationally with a completed
Reconciliation Action Plan. She also taught us a Torres Strait Islander action
song which the children enjoyed learning.
Uncle Max performed a traditional smoking ceremony. A smoking ceremony
is one of the most signifcant ancient ceremonies performed by Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people. The ceremony involves smouldering various
native plants to produce smoke which are believed to have cleansing
properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits. The children were very
curious and focused on Uncle Max.
We are pleased to have a Reconciliation Action Plan and realise to this is only
the beginning but we are looking forward to learning and growing more in
our knowledge and contribution to Reconciliation.
Written by Cherie