26 Jan Survival Day 2018
At Uniting, we recognise that 26 January, the day we’ve previously celebrated as Australia Day, also marks the survival of Australia’s first peoples. This means we let this date serve as a reminder that our heritage as a nation began long before 1788.
Australia’s first peoples are the oldest continuing culture on the planet, having cared for the lands where we live, work and facilitate our services for at least 65,000 years. And that’s something to celebrate.
We mark 26 January with respect and honour – a day to express our pride in the Aboriginal leaders who make a significant contribution to the richness of Uniting. We take the opportunity to celebrate the people we are proud to work with – like our youth services team in Dubbo who do therapeutic work through a cultural lens as they work with Aboriginal young people who have experienced trauma (watch their story below).
Today we will join with Aboriginal Australians to mourn the languages, culture and lives that have been lost as a direct result of European occupation. Today we will look forward with hope to an Australia where true reconciliation is realised.
Join us in celebrating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members, residents and clients that make up the Uniting family and in taking steps to develop the maturity that allows us to recognise our past and enables us to embrace our future together as Australians.
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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land in NSW and ACT and recognises their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures, to Elders both past and present and acknowledge our youth, our future leaders.