Seeds of Justice Combined Conference
This week, 15 Year 10 students, selected as a part of the Seeds of Justice Leadership Group, attended a combined Mercy Schools Conference, with Aranmore, Mercedes and St Brigid’s Catholic colleges, focusing on issues faced by Aboriginal people.
The aim of the two day conference was to explore the importance of becoming stronger advocates in the area of reconciliation and building cultural awareness in our community. Ruby-Jean Hindley opened the conference with an inspiring story, which provided insight into her personal journey of embracing her Aboriginal heritage. We were joined by four young members of ICEA (Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness), who run a non-profit organisation with the overreaching goal of achieving reconciliation through mutual respect between all Australians. Through different workshops, our eyes were opened to current social issues of Aboriginal people, cultural identity and varying world views.
Other aspects discussed included the meaning of having shared history, as well as the impact of colonisation. The ICEA team shared confronting videos that challenged our worldwide views, sparked in-depth conversations where people were pushed out of their comfort zone, to understand the experience of Aboriginal people.
In the midst of informative sessions, we also had the opportunity to throw spears under the expertise of Aboriginal teacher assistant, Aiden Albert, as well as creatively applying our knowledge of the Aboriginal symbols into traditional dot paintings on our own boomerangs.
The threads of the conference were pulled together by Father McMahon from the St Brigid’s community who led us in Mass, as well as blessing our badges and commissioning us into the work of the year ahead. The conference provided insight into the importance of being allies in reconciliation as well as the connection our school has with Mercy schools others in understanding the significance of taking action for justice.
Emma Robinson & Kelly Hebiton (Year 10)
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