More of our OLR history! Have you seen the Reconciliation Garden and Acknowledgement Stones at the side of the OLR Church? The stones acknowledge the local Gubbi Gubbi people and the design, inspired by them, depicts in the sculpture their local food sources. The garden expresses our hope for reconciliation.
The Dedication and Blessing by Fr Kevin Smith, the Parish Priest at the time, occurred on 31st May 2018 as part of the National Reconciliation Week celebrations. It was a project of the OLR Parish and the OLR Primary School.
Reconciliation Australia Message
The 2021 National Reconciliation Week theme, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
The Reconciliation movement is at a tipping point. In the past year, with Black Lives Matter protests and huge numbers at Invasion Day rallies across the country, we’re seeing people understanding the truth and speaking up on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. More than a word. Reconciliation takes action asks people to take this awareness and knowledge, and use it as a springboard to more substantive, brave action. For reconciliation to be effective, it must involve truth-telling, and actively address issues of inequality, systemic racism and instances where the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are ignored, denied or reduced. While we see greater support for reconciliation from the Australian people than ever before, we must be more determined than ever if we are to achieve the goals of the movement — a just, equitable, reconciled Australia.