On 26 May each year, National Sorry Day acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of First Nations Peoples from their families, communities and culture.
National Sorry Day is followed by National Reconciliation Week, which celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by First Nations Peoples and other Australians.
The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change”, is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government – to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.
A key step in reconciliation is understanding the rich history and culture of our First Nations Peoples. To help us do this, we have produced a series of 5 short (~3 min) videos and share with you, through our stories and policies below, our actions towards national reconciliation. The videos feature a conversation with John Lochowiak. John is the Chair of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC); Manager, Aboriginal Services- Centacare Adelaide; Manager Catholic Aboriginal Ministry Adelaide and member of the Calvary SA & NT Reconciliation Working Group. John is an initiated Kaurna man with strong ties to many language groups throughout Australia including but not limited to Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara, Kaurna, Narrunga, Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri. He has over 30 years experience in providing cultural safety training and interventions to a range of audiences across Australia.