National Reconciliation Week 2021
The Mental Health Commission started this year’s National Reconciliation Week - 27 May-3 June, with a morning tea to commemorate National Sorry Day.
National Sorry Day acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.
These practices resulted in what we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’, with effects continuing to be felt by succeeding generations.
Corporate Services Director Alison Skeen congratulated staff on the work done within the alcohol, other drug and mental health sector with the Aboriginal community.
This includes initiatives from the Strong Spirit Strong Mind programs that is considered a national leader in the delivery of culturally secure training of drug and alcohol workers to developing new ways of working with the Aboriginal community in the area of suicide prevention.
2021 is a significant year as it marks 20 years of Reconciliation in Australia.
Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021 More Than a Word: Reconciliation Takes Action, encourages people to speak up
speak the truth and become more aware about the issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Our staff participated in a Noongar language lesson from Elder in Residence Uncle Charlie Kickett and enjoyed learning the proper way to say ‘ng’ ‘dj’ and much more in language and stories.
Reconciliation Australia have a wide range of events for NRW: Upcoming Events – National Reconciliation Week 2021