National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the other Australians. This year the theme is – Our History, Our Story, Our Future.

Our History reminds us all that historical acceptance is essential to our reconciliation journey. All Australians need to accept the fact that past laws, policies and practices deeply affected the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our Story reflects the fact that the journey towards reconciliation forms a significant part of Australia’s story.

Our Future reinforces that reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, in the knowledge that we believe in fairness for everyone, that our diversity makes us richer, and that together, we are stronger.

As a way of acknowledging this important Week, RE/Oratory classes will be spending time exploring this year’s theme ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’.

On Wednesday 25 May, Scott Darlow spoke to the whole school on this important topic. Scott Darlow is a captivating performer who entertains, educates, challenges and inspires his audiences. Scott is an Aboriginal educator whose work covers reconciliation and cultural topics. Using music, humour and expert storytelling, he is unparalleled in his field.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I have continually found myself drawn to jobs that are people-oriented. I am a good communicator and have a genuine love for people, and have worked in fields that give me the opportunity to be around, engage with and serve a wide variety of people.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about music. I am passionate about being a husband and a father. I am passionate about educating Australians about the real history of this country, and doing it in a way that helps to join the dots for them as to why things are currently as they are in relation to Indigenous Australia. Once I educate and join those dots, I find that it engenders empathy, and that empathy changes a person’s heart and motivates them to be a change-maker.

More details can be found : http://bookedout.com.au/find-a-speaker/author/scott-darlow/