The grounds of Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral has become a Sea of Hands to mark Reconciliation Week.
Samaritans organised the installation of 400 hands to express its commitment to reconciliation and recognise the work that still needs to be done. Acting chief executive Brad Webb said the Sea of Hands first appeared in 1997 in front of Parliament House, Canberra as a statement of solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“It is an act of recognition – of identities, cultures and history. I hope that the Sea of Hands inspires our community this week to reach out, listen, and learn from the wisdom of the oldest living culture on Earth.”
Anglican Bishop of Newcastle and Samaritans Foundation president Dr Peter Stuart was joined by staff members, people supported by the organisation, community members and students from schools including Newcastle Grammar.
“We will build better and stronger communities for all people as we take seriously the journey of reconciliation,” he said.
“We have much to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
This year’s Reconciliation Week theme is Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow.