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Celebrating National Reconciliation Week at CIT

Published: 31 May 2019

Rachel Stephen-Smith

Inspired by the theme of this year's National Reconciliation Week "Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage," CIT teachers, students and staff acknowledged and celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their culture.

Throughout the week, CIT participated in various commemorative activities including: the National Sorry Day Bridge Walk, Reconciliation in the Park event, the screening of "Footprints on Our Land: Aunty Agnes" at CIT Reid, and the "Presenting Elders" film screening at the National Museum of Australia. CIT Bruce and Reid libraries also exhibited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork.

CIT launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, in 2016. "Our RAP commits CIT to three years of action to further build relationships, respect and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and the wider community," said CIT CEO Leanne Cover.

CIT is privileged to have the leadership of Ngunnawal Elder Caroline Hughes as CIT Yurauna Director. CIT Yurauna is a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educational Centre of Excellence where students have the opportunity to learn and grow in a culturally safe and supportive environment.

CIT has seen increasing enrolments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students - up from 795 in 2017 to 856 in 2018. During this period, CIT has also seen more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students completing qualifications, which is a fantastic achievement.

Take a look at CIT's National Reconciliation Week celebrations.

Photo: Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA addressing attendees to CIT's Official National Reconciliation Week celebration.