NAIDOC Week was celebrated at Hale School this year with sand art and a moving assembly featuring a smoking ceremony and traditional dance.
Aboriginal leader Shaun Nannup offered a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, assisted by his son, followed by dance from PLC's Gorna Liyarn group. Indigenous Hale students Dylan Allan, Lawson Humphries, Jackson Howard-Arundel, Taj O'Donohue and Jack Lane spoke at the Assembly, sharing their Aboriginal heritage and thoughts on their Indigenous scholarships. Jackson talked about the ongoing legacy of the Stolen Generation felt by his family and the way forward through reconciliation.
"It is imortant for all Australians to understand that these atrocities took place and that the people who did this can never truly give back what they took. However, this doesn't mean that the consequences we face as the result of these events cannot be resolved. Aboriginal people are striving for a lasting change and for our voices to be heard and included in decisions regarding our own people and our nation, now and in the future. Recognising that education is a crucial step towards closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, my family and I are very thankful to schools like Hale and organisations like Future Footprints for helping students like myself to reach their full and true potential."