As National Reconciliation Week starts today, the PMSA Group would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which our PMSA schools now stand and where our students have the privilege of learning each day – the Turrbal peoples from the north side of the Brisbane River, the Jagera peoples of the south side of the Brisbane River and the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara peoples of the Sunshine Coast. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
National Reconciliation Week‘s theme this year “In this Together” was coined well before the current pandemic. But it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation we are all #InThisTogether.
This week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
As a part of our Christian mission, the PMSA has long supported genuine reconciliation. For many years, the PMSA has provided our schools with scholarship funding to support individual indigenous students like Clayfield College boarder Chloe (above). We also partner with many other support organisations to provide this education at our schools.
We understand that reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships throughout the Australian community.
The PMSA looks forward to playing our part in shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.
As a part of this, we also look forward to rescheduling our PMSA Annual Australian Leadership Lecture post COVID with our inaugural speaker and inspiring Australian indigenous leader, lawyer, academic and founder of Cape York Partnership Noel Pearson.