The NATSICC Chair, John Lochowiak, recalls the optimism that flowed from the apology 10 years ago.
“On that day, it felt as if all Australians were as one,” he said. “I want that feeling to continue and for all of us to work together to so that when the 20th anniversary of the apology comes, our people are living longer, gaining a better education and living to our full potential.”
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.