Students show support for reconciliation

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Students show support for reconciliation

Students from Coromandel Primary School have created a ‘reconciliation wall’ and video to share what reconciliation means to them as part of National Reconciliation Week 2020.

Hands painted with the words including ‘Truth’, ‘Future’, ‘Respect’, ‘Together’ and ‘Healing’ are featured in the video and displayed on a fence to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to reconciliation.

The moving video is dedicated to Aunty Avis Gale (nee Edwards), 1945-2020, who narrates the story of how she was taken from her mother as a baby and raised at the Colebrook Home For Children, now the site of the Colebrook Reconciliation Park at Eden Hills.

“I did get to know my mum as I grew up, but it was like getting to know a new friend and not a family member,” she said. “I knew she was a mother but it felt strange. I grew to love her as a mother eventually but there were so many missed moments and memories.”

The video was produced in collaboration with the Blackwood Reconciliation Group.

City of Mitcham contacted schools across the Council to invite them to participate in National Reconciliation Week by creating a ‘sea of hands’ in support of reconciliation.

In its 20th year, National Reconciliation Week aims to promote understanding and reconciliation between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Watch the video here. (Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the video contains images and voices of deceased persons.)