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Many hands make reconciliation work


In preparation for National Reconciliation Week, which runs from May 27 to June 3, students at Xavier College took part in the creation of a Sea of Hands display.

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The moving creations will be displayed at the Evanston, Two Wells, and Gawler Belt campuses.

“The Sea of Hands is a prominent Australian symbol used to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights, justice, and reconciliation,” said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support officer Kaitlin Marrone.

“The hand is planted in the ground to show support for First Peoples. Across the college, each campus will display their own Sea of Hands in support of Reconciliation Week.”

Xavier College also has five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Years 7 to 11 participating in The Smith Family Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.

To mark National Reconciliation Week, which commemorates the dates of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision, these students were invited to participate in a breakfast which includes a joint Zoom meeting with students from other states.

National Reconciliation Week initially began as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. This year’s theme is ‘Now More Than Ever’.


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