We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and pay respect to the ongoing living cultures of First Peoples.
Reconciliation Australia acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As Reconciliation Week ends, it has never been more important to stand in solidarity with our first nation peoples.
We have all been affected by recent events in the USA and the appalling circumstances of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police. The consequent up swell of support for the Black Lives Matter campaign has been a confronting reminder for us that the lived experience of our First Peoples, people of color and other minorities can bear a striking and disturbing resemblance to the experience of those in the USA.
Last week, one of our Year 12 students Lucien Ibanda felt compelled to express some of his personal sense and experience by posting a message to our school community around the school. I thank and commend Lucien on behalf of our school community for raising his voice and drawing attention to the story of many of young people in our city. We stand with him in solidarity. Lucien's message is reproduced below with his permission. It has already prompted reflection and action that will continue through the agency of students most affected, our Student Council, School Council and college Curriculum Committee.