Banyule residents can mark National Reconciliation Week, 27 May-3 June, at a number of free events designed to deepen their understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
Banyule Mayor, Cr Wayne Phillips, said that this week is a time for all Australians to learn the truth about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
“I invite Australians from all backgrounds to contribute to our national movement towards a unified future,” Cr Phillips said.
National Reconciliation Week commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum, which removed two discriminatory references to Aboriginal Australians in the Australian Constitution, and the High Court Mabo decision, which introduced the legal doctrine of native title into Australian law.
Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage is the theme for National Reconciliation Week this year.
Banyule Council invites the community to attend the following free events:
Sorry Day Smoking Ceremony and Flag Raising
Join us for the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony and raising of the flag with Wurundjeri Elders as we recognise and acknowledge members of the Stolen Generations and the past mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Friday 24 May
10am – 11am
(outside WaterMarc, 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough)
Watch Rosanna Primary School students perform a musical score to a traditional Aboriginal story using the Federation Bells.
Tuesday 28 May
10.30am – 11.30am
72 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna
Treaty in our Community
A forum for the local community to discover all that is happening around Treaty currently in Victoria and nationally. Hear from experts and Wurundjeri Elders and get the chance to ask questions in an open and safe environment.
Wednesday 29 May
6pm – 8pm
4-6 Ibbottson St, Watsonia
Banner making in Ivanhoe with Aunty Sharon Hughes
Join Aunty Sharon Hughes and help her create a banner for the annual NAIDOC Week march in July. Help give voice to our communities support for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Monday 3 June
2pm – 4pm
255 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe