Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) has today welcomed the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, with great sadness for the ordeals of survivors and victims, gratitude for their courage, and shame for the failures of institutions established to care for children and young people.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of our schools. We are inspired and nurtured by their wisdom, spirituality and experience. We commit ourselves to actively work alongside them for reconciliation and justice. We pay our respects to the Elders; past, present and future. As we take our next step we remember the first footsteps taken on this sacred land.