Reconciliation Week 2020 and Pentecost

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This week (26 May – 3 June) marks the 22nd anniversary of National Reconciliation Week. The ‘The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ report (2015) (which can be found on the Australian Government Institute of Health and Welfare website  AIHW), presented the following stark statistic

In the 5 year period 2008–2012:

two-thirds (65%) of deaths among Indigenous people occurred before the age of 65, compared with 19% of deaths among non-Indigenous people

  • the mortality rate for Indigenous people was 1.6 times that of non-Indigenous people (age-standardised rates of 981 and 596 deaths per 100,000 population, respectively)
  • the largest difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous mortality rates was for people aged 35–44, with male and female Indigenous death rates 3.9 and 4.5 times the non-Indigenous rates, respectively.

In an act towards awareness, our school captains Luke and Jessie presented the attached video to the entire school community on Friday of this week. I encourage you to view the presentation, and perhaps, on this Sunday the feast of Pentecost, to pray that we the people of  ‘The Land of the Holy Spirit’ (so named by Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros 14 May 1606!) may continue to stretch ever more courageously to build a nation of equity, justice and mutual respect among all our great peoples.