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Within the Language of a Healing Paradigm, Reconciliation in Action motivates, values and recognizes the rightness of “we-ness” over-riding the isolation and egocentricity of singularity in a relationship. It breaks the cyclical mindset of the current status quo, bringing into reality a subliminal integrity that transcends politics. It requires a collective translucent humility because the paramount focus of Reconciliation in Action is bringing people into a safe and secure zone where barriers can be recognized, respected, responded to and resolved. From this, we are empowered to consider “we”, “ours” and “us” becoming the conversation.
(Yavu-Kama-Harathunian, Young J and Young A: 2019)
Reconciliation in Action – A Philosophical Choice
These words have been articulated from within the hearts of members of IWC (Indigenous Wellbeing Centre). Staff, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, came together to share their views of what they saw as the Reconciliation of this Nation. Because of the fragility of what was being discussed, staff understood from the beginning that they were dealing with a Spiritual matter in the natural world. The outcome is for the Highest Good.
Reconciliation in Action is an act of Majestic Integrity which shares respect, kindness and honesty in the face of a deep-rooted offence which has created barriers between Sovereign Nations’ peoples and others. The offence, formed in ignorance, echoes throughout history to the present day.
Forgiveness and acceptance – the key elements of Reconciliation – emerge from a shared experience between all concerned. It takes Reconciliation out of the mundane and into the realms of Spiritual profoundness. It matters to nation builders, in particular government, politicians and the common man.
Therefore Reconciliation has to be more than an Aspiration or Plan. It must be tangible, doable and include specific actions undertaken by our communities with majestic integrity of Spirit and translucent trustworthiness between all parties. The outcomes embryonically develop within a Reconciliatory Framework and an Aboriginal Terms of Reference, and before an activity manifests there is recognition that it is within a Humility Paradigm which incorporates a subliminal integrity of Spirit and Soul.
The process of forgiveness and acceptance evolves from within that Humility Paradigm. It is transformative and transparent because all parties are engaged in a Spiritual experience. The application of all of this makes Reconciliation move into Action, rather than being an Aspiration or Plan.
Covenant Agreements and their role in Reconciliation in Action
Covenant Agreement must be recognised and respected within Reconciliation in Action as being as relevant today as in ancient times. The introduction of Covenant Agreement sits firmly within an Aboriginal Terms of Reference (ATR) framework and resonates within a Cultural Philosophical Ethos (CPE) Theory.
For 60,000 years, Covenant Agreements were an arrangement whereby this country was governed and its peoples were ensured the inalienable rights:
To practice Aboriginal Spirituality as handed down from generation to generation from the Ancestors.
To practice Aboriginal Customary Cultural Law as the guide to accepted values and mores. These promoted suitable behaviours to enable peace and harmony between Sovereign Nation peoples. These peoples were from nations as far north as Cape York, as southerly as Tasmania, as easterly as Lord Howe Island and as westerly as the Christmas Islands. The peoples of Tiwi and other islands around Australia were included.
To follow the family systems chosen by the tribal group, including parental guidance by Elders and community to maintain the family as an entity in its own right.
To recognise[JY1] , appreciate and value Custodianship of the Land; that the Land owned the people, who were its Custodians.
To practice Obligation and Reciprocity between Sovereign Nations’ peoples.
To promote trading (bartering) across the Sovereign nations’ boundaries such as occurred during the Aztec period ie cloth, gems, decorative items for ceremonial status, and weaponry were bartered.
To promote and practice Experiential Learning to educate children and adults alike to appreciate and value their Cultural identity, their Culture and their connectedness to their Sacred Lands.
Direct parallels can be drawn between the Seven Pillars of Society that exist in today’s Australia, and those of the ancient Sovereign peoples of Australia and other colonised First Peoples’ nations.
Different groups across Australia speak of great skirmishes, large feuds and conflicts between the Sovereig