National Reconciliation Week
27 May to 3 June
To shine a light on the importance of National Reconciliation Week, we have partnered up with Children's Ground, a bold not-for-profit organisation creating a different future with First Nations children, families and communities experiencing the greatest levels of disadvantage.
During National Reconciliation week 2021, we will be donating $1 from every style sold to Children's Ground and help to raise awareness for this all important organisation.
Chloe from Children's Ground spoke with Lorelle, a mother of 9 and also a grandmother.
What was it like becoming a mother?
Wow. It was a big step for me. Really life-changing, I was really young, turning from a teenager into mummyhood. I grew up from childhood into a really big family - I had aunties doing the cooking and cleaning, so when I became a mum, I just automatically knew what to do.
When the kids get bigger, school is the most prioritised and important thing — and looking after their health. They are just like my little workers too... they help me clean, and we do things together. We learn to help each other out, and they make it easier for me. Sometimes it can be very stressful, but I just have to take it easy. I just be normal and don't show it... my grandmother taught me to be calm. I knew if she was angry, she was very serious. She's a very powerful old girl, my grandmother.
What's the importance of community?
Is there a word, or saying that has stuck with you as you parent?
Always show respect for your elders. There could be so many!
Show love and care.
Last question: what does reconciliation mean to you and your family?
Wear it Yellow
Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021 ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, urges people to focus on what action is required on the journey to achieving equality between First Nations and non-First Nations people. Reconciliation is just another word, unless we all take practical steps to put it into action.
Let us start a new chapter in the future of Australia, where we walk as equals. Where reconciliation is not just a word and a day in the calendar, but where we reconcile the trauma and atrocities of the past and celebrate our shared future and knowledge.
- William Tilmouth
Arrernte man and Founding Chair of Children’s Ground
Not just a Tee
We have designed a tee that celebrates the fact that you're not just a mama, and we are donating $5 from every PIAP MAMA Tee sold to Children's Ground.
Children's Ground is a not-for-profit organisation creating a different future with First Nations children, families and communities experiencing the greatest levels of disadvantage.
From infants to Elders, they work with entire communities over a 25-year period to make real and lasting change.
Celebrating culture, recognising talent, inspiring hope, delivering excellence and creating opportunity, Children's Ground is an evidenced-based approach, designed with First Nations leaders to achieve radical reform.
Read more about Children's Ground HERE and the noble work that they are doing.