Posted by Lasallian Volunteers, Perth
on 28 May 2019
As we approach Reconciliation Week, we take time to pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the country we live on today. The past five months working with the Indigenous boarders at La Salle College Perth has opened our eyes to a culture that is unique to Aboriginal Australians. We have enjoyed broadening our knowledge of the indigenous culture.
In our learning, we've also learnt more of the sorrowful history of the indigenous people and what they have been through. We are conscious of those who travel down from their remote communities to attend class at La Salle College Perth and immerse themselves in a culture which is foreign to them.
Events like Reconciliation Week ensure us that Australia is working towards a better future for people like the kids we work with. Reconciliation Week helps give these kids and other indigenous people the future they deserve in a nation which hears their voices and acknowledges their importance.
We asked a co-worker what he thought about reconciliation week:
"Reconciliation week means the coming together of all different nationalities around Australia. All religions, all colours, coming together as one. It doesn't matter if you're black, white, green, as long as we come together as one nation, one people." - Kevin Bynder, Aboriginal Teaching Aide.
We are grateful for events like these and NAIDOC week to recognise and educate ourselves on indigenous Australian culture and history. It equips us with the power to improve our Australia to be a more inclusive and whole one.
Click HERE to learn more about National Reconciliation Week.
-Lasallian Volunteers, Perth - Zaina, Josh, Luca, Lam