Council recognises National Reconciliation Week

Published on 23 May 2024

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Council supports and recognises National Reconciliation Week as a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, culture, and achievements, including exploration into ways in which we can all contribute to reconciliation efforts in Australia.

This year's theme, "Now More Than Ever,” recognises the profound significance of standing together and amplifying the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to achieve authentic reconciliation. We take this time to reaffirm our commitment to nurturing understanding, respect, and reconciliation.

In support of National Reconciliation Week, Council is hosting the following events.

Smoking Ceremony

Monday 27 May, 11.30am-1pm
Maidstone Community Centre

A smoking ceremony will take place to assist in cleansing the area and people of bad spirits, and to promote protection and wellbeing of visitors. The ceremony will be accompanied by a Welcome to Country and yarn circle.

‘In My Blood It Runs’ Film Screening

Saturday 1 June, 12-1.30pm
Braybrook Library

This is a special screening of the acclaimed documentary which sheds light on Dujuan – an Arrernte and Garawa boy's journey through the Western education system and his family's teachings of Arrernte education, grappling with the traumatic history of his ancestors' land dispossession alongside the resilience and resistance of many generations of his people.

First Nations Themed Story Times

Monday 27 May, 11-11.30am
Yarraville Library

Tuesday 28 May, 11-11.45am
Braybrook Library

Wednesday 29 May, 11-11.45am
Footscray Library

Thursday 30 May, 11-11.45am
West Footscray Library

Saturday 1 June, 11-11.30am
West Footscray Library

An opportunity for our community to engage with stories centred on First Nations cultures, crafted to foster cultural appreciation and understanding among children and families.

Council’s participation in National Reconciliation Week aligns with our continued efforts to support and work with First Nations communities to achieve reconciliation, mutual understanding, cultural preservation, and meaningful collaboration.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam

“We are committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and are proud to encourage community engagement with initiatives throughout the week to foster respect and understanding of First Nations cultures and peoples.”

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