Saying sorry – the continuing journey

The third anniversary of the Australian government’s Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is rapidly approaching (13th February). What of substance has occurred since then? A bi-partisan response to the audit presented to federal parliament this week, Closing the Gap, revealed some challenges, unfulfilled intentions and a degree of frustration on all sides. What is encouraging, however, is the political will to keep engaging. Such is the nature of this long journey.

Reconciliation Australia describes a cooperative entity called The Healing Foundation that was established one year after the Apology. It describes initiatives taken within indigenous communities that work towards the healing process. Crucial elements include the community basis of control, recognition of and patience with complexity, and the diversity of healing approaches required. There is a wisdom here that I hope the parliamentary and wider Australian community are beginning to hear and receive.

Healing (making whole) is a total community project.

Published by wonderingpilgrim

Not really retired but reshaped and reshaping. Now a pilgrim at large ready to engage with what each day brings.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: