Indigenous history shared

The theme of Reconciliation Week 2020 is particularly timely as the world battles through a pandemic and in an uprising against prejudice against Indigenous people and people of colour.

Reconciliation Week is an annual event from May 27 to June 3, and Reconciliation Australia says this year's theme 'In This Together' is "resonating in ways we could not have foreseen when we announced it last year".

The organisation said the week was "a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia".

Sharing some of Australia's indigenous history was part of Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie's visit to a Victor Harbor school ahead of Reconciliation Week.

Ms Sharkie delivered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and presented civics lessons to students at Encounter Lutheran College on Monday, May 25.

After an acknowledgement of country at the school's Yarning Circle around a fire pit, she handed over the large flags to the year nines and smaller flags to the year threes in separate presentations.

Also as part of her visit, Ms Sharkie shared age group-appropriate lessons on Reconciliation Week, the history of the flags, and some of Australia's indigenous history.

This included Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology to indigenous Australians, particularly the Stolen Generations, in 2008; the 1967 referendum that amended the Australian Constitution to allow the Commonwealth to make laws for Aboriginal people and include them in the Census; and the 1992 Mabo decision, where the High Court of Australia said terra nullius should not have been applied to Australia.

She also spoke about the local history, including the Ngarrindjeri and Ramindjeri people, and other nations in Mayo, including the Peramangk and Kaurna.


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