Change: the next step is ours

05/07/2011

NAIDOC Week 2011 News StoryFrom a reflection by Archdiocese of Sydney Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Executive Officer Graeme Mundine for NAIDOC Week 2011 (3-10 July), published in Mary MacKillop E-News.

This year is the 40th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Flag. This unifying symbol created by Harold Thomas draws us back to who we are and where we come from.

It will fly very proudly over many events
held during NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week, to celebrate the many achievements and Peoples who have struggled for many years for proper recognition within our Australian society and our Churches.

Unlike Reconciliation Week - where we are called to work harder at our relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the wider community - NAIDOC is a time to reflect upon where we have come from and where we want to go.

To be able to do this properly we need to look at those we have met along the long road; those who have gone before us. They stood proudly beneath this flag during the trying times over the past 40 years; The Tent Embassy in Canberra; the many Land Rights battles; Deaths in Custody; Stolen Generations; Ten Point Plan; Intervention rallies to name but a few.

Change, as the theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week, is a positive thing.

We are all called to be better people. Change is for the better not just for change sake. It has to be our change agenda not the agenda from newcomers or outsiders.

We have to decide the directions we want to go in and how to get there.

Read Graeme Mundine's reflection in full in Mary MacKillop E-News

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