Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week
Yesterday, 26 May, marked National Sorry Day and the beginning of Reconciliation Week. In recognising this, we acknowledge members of the Stolen Generations and support the continued journey of healing for indigenous people in Australia.
Our offices are located on the lands of the Eora, Awabakal, Bundjalung and Ngunnawal people, the original inhabitants of these regions. We acknowledge these lands were stolen, never ceded. We pay our respects to their elders both past, present and emerging.
As a Union representing workers in education professions, we are acutely aware of the importance of support, nurturing, and respect for proper and healthy development, especially for our youngest and most vulnerable. We support the aims of the ‘Closing the Gap’ reports in their aim to provide a brighter future for Indigenous children, and defer to the language of the significant ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’, which calls for a ‘First Nations Voice [to be] enshrined in the constitution” to “empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country.”
The Union movement is founded on the basis of fairness, equality, and freedom from oppression and exploitation. The Statement is a public and solemn invitation “to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.”