The Centre acknowledges that 26 January is not a day of celebration for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who see this day as one of mourning, survival, and resistance.
We stand alongside our Aboriginal colleagues and the Victorian Aboriginal community in recognising the injustices and trauma that began 234 years ago and continue to this day due to the ongoing impacts of colonisation. The Centre acknowledges and pays respect to the past and present Traditional Custodians and Elders of this country on which we work. We also acknowledge the injustices and trauma suffered because of European settlement, the Stolen Generations, and other policies such as the forced removal of children from their families, communities, culture, and land.
This country is home to the oldest continuing culture on earth, which serves as a powerful reminder of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s connection to the lands, waters, and skies across this continent.
We respect the resilience and survival of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the face of this trauma and respect the path of Self-Determination and empowerment. We are committed to recognising and celebrating the true history of this country and supporting Aboriginal children, families, and communities to maintain strong connections to culture, community, and Country.
We encourage our members and the community to reflect on the impact of 26 January and to promote understanding, respect, and truth telling in all of the work we do.