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National Reconciliation Week

27/05/2019
National Reconciliation Week, held from 27 May to 3 June, is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. May 27 marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum when Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. June 3 marks the historic 1992 Mabo decision in which the High Court of Australia recognised native title – the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights over their lands did survive British colonisation.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians. As we move forward, we must create a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The future is ours to shape – we must make reconciliation part of our story, and our future.
To strengthen and highlight the importance we place on reconciliation, our Student Leaders and staff are committed to ensuring that at Belmont State School, ALL school assemblies and important occasions will begin by offering an Acknowledgement of Country. The act of Acknowledging Country are the continuation of protocols that have been practiced for thousands of years.
We also believe that our school’s “Belmont Star” values of “be a leaner”, “be responsible” and “be respectful” highlight what reconciliation is truly about for us all – as individuals, classes, school and community – to continue to take responsibility to learn about and respect the history, the culture and the achievements of Indigenous Australians.
We must ensure that together, we learn from the past to ensure a more respectful and more responsible future – a more fair and a more just future – for all Australians.