Reconciliation Week 2018: Connections

Graphic by Jasmine Ryan

Thank you for joining us for today’s program, ‘Connections’, in recognition of Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2018.

Today we acknowledge the ongoing anguish felt by families torn apart by government policies that created the Stolen Generations. We grieve that there is still so far to go before we close the gap. In ‘Connections’ we will consider connectedness with family, culture and identity through music, language and stories.

You can listen to us online between 11am and 12 noon by clicking the image (left).

We offer our respect, thanks and appreciation to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional owners of the land on which our college stands. Thank you also to our brothers and sisters at Eora TAFE who so generously shared their stories with us this week.

Quest for unity

BY RAFAEL SANCHEZ-BAYO @bayo_sanchez

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Takashi Nagai with his children. His health dramatically deteriorated after the Second World War.

We live in a world where hatred and discrimination cloud our minds. Whether it is towards a race, religion or gender, hatred has the same harmful psychological effects. The end of the Second World War saw many Australians ostracising the Japanese due to the bombing of Darwin, the attempted attack on Sydney and the brutal treatment of Australian POWs. Unlike the majority, a small group of Marist Fathers, led by Father John Marsden, embarked on a journey to Japan to seek reconciliation from the Japanese people. Father Paul Glynn was one of these people who took this inspirational trip.