Updated: Jun 1, 2021
Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together has supported a reconciliation event for the WA Department of Education staff at Roelands Mission near Bunbury.
The day was designed to assist in the development of the department’s vision for reconciliation, and their new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Around 60 staff attended the event, including senior staff, and the RAP steering committee and working group.
The Danjoo Koorliny team contributed a number of elements throughout the event.
Reconciliation WA Co-Chair and Danjoo Koorliny co-leader Carol Innes presented during various sessions and panels throughout the day.
“Education has the power to influence every aspect of the community,” Carol said. “And therefore you have the opportunity to make the change.”
Ezra Jacobs-Smith provided a rapporteur-style summary and reflection at the end of the day together with some leading thoughts. The purpose of this was to capture the discussion on the day, but also to stimulate thinking about the role the education system can play in caring for everything.
Shenali Perera provided visual scribing.
The day began with Les Wallam speaking to the group about Roelands mission, his experience as a former mission child, and his journey as an adult to reclaim the mission and convert it to a place for the community.
Jim Morrison gave a keynote talk later in the day.
Ezra’s reflections and photos, as well as Shenali’s scribing, will also form the basis of a written report which the department can consider as they develop their new RAP plan.
A follow-up session is planned for this week.