National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 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.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
To celebrate and recognise National Reconciliation Week this year, Uncle Darren Wighton (Aboriginal Community and Schools Worker – Albury Cluster) has created a unique artwork to compliment a prayer created by Catholic Education staff.
Walk Together With Courage – A Prayer for Reconciliation
Creator God, God for all peoples who
was there in the beginning, planting our
footprints on this sacred land, being an
invisible presence in the visible creation.
May you continue to speak to your
people through the land; its stories and
Guard us as we walk together with
courage to honour the work of our
brothers and sisters who before us
fanned the flames of reconciliation. May
you continue to guide us, grounded in
truth, through the reconciling work of
your son, Jesus.
Empower us, through the Holy Spirit
to be people of action that work to
respect the dignity of all human beings
in our communities.
Grant us Your love until this Great South
Land is fully aflame with your unifying
love and it may truly be said that Your
healing reconciliation is finally on earth
as it is in heaven.
We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ
(Prayer by Uncle Darren Wighton, Aunty Mary Atkinson, Kelly Humphrey, Paul Chigwidden)