Connection to country and culture makes children strong

This week marks Reconciliation Week, during which we are encouraged to take the opportunity to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation.

Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine says this year’s theme, Be a Voice for Generations, calls on Australians to honour the work of generations past who fought for justice in Australia and to work together today to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation for the generations to come.

This year’s theme urges us all to use our power, words and our vote to create a better, more just Australia for all. I have been reflecting on how I could do this in practical terms, asking myself if my actions match my desire for a more reconciled country where Indigenous Australians experience none of the disadvantages and racism that they do today. I still have some work to do. I think we all do if we really want to achieve this.

This column gives me an opportunity to be a voice. This month, instead of being a voice, I want to amplify others’ voices.

Here are some insights from Jane, a Nyunga woman living on Noongar boodja, and her gorgeous boys, Duhrell, 8, Dylan, 6, and Raphael, 2.

Read Kelsie’s full opinion piece in The West Australian

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