Published: 16 February 2017

National Apology Day 2017

On Monday, we, as a college celebrated National Apology Anniversary Day.

Tricia Parry, Head of Faculty - Religious Education and Aunty Thersa Nunn, Indigenous Support Office took a number of Jimmies Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students to the National Apology Day Anniversary Ceremony which was held at All Hallows’ School and run by Murri Ministries.

Guests entered into the theatre following a traditional Smoking Ceremony which was conducted by Uncle Joe Kirk. It was wonderful to have this tradition explained as all took part. This was followed by the St James College Dancers who joined with some students from Mary MacKillop College to perform the Welcome Dance and they did a fine job.

The day was about building an awareness of this rich culture and recognising how important and significant The Apology was, and is to our Nation.

The Apology Day Anniversary Formal Address was delivered by our Year 12 St James Student, Layla Ross. It was a moving speech and was exceptionally well-received. Layla must be congratulated on her efforts and a special thanks to Aunty Thersa who assisted Layla in the preparation of this speech. The day also focused on The Stolen Generation and the lasting impact that this has had on so many. The Stolen Generations are the survivors of past government policies that allowed the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families.

We share with you a prayer to remember this important time:

Lord, God of Love,
You are the Creator of all things.
We acknowledge the pain and shame of our peoples and we ask your forgiveness.
We thank you for the survival of the First Peoples and their cultures.
Move us to truly mean our apology by moving our hearts.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our Nation.
Teach us to respect all cultures.

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