Reconciliation Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and encourages respectful relationships between our First Peoples of Australia and non-Indigenous community members.
This year marks 20 years of the non-government, not-for-profit foundation Reconciliation Australia, and this year the theme More Than a Word – Reconciliation Takes Action urges community members to speak up and out about the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in modern Australia. The number of non-Indigenous Australians beginning to understand the enormousness of the impact British colonisation has had on First Nations people has grown, but reconciliation takes ongoing action and understanding.
National Reconciliation Week is from May 27-June 3. Willum Warrain’s Mornington Peninsula Reconciliation Walk will take place on Sunday, May 30, and kicks off at 11am at Pelican Park on the Hastings foreshore. Executive officer Peter Aldenhoven explains: “The Reconciliation Walk is our mob’s invitation to the broader Mornington Peninsula community to join with us on our shared journey towards a better future. The walk concludes at our Gathering Place in Pound Rd, where there will be a Welcome to Country, cultural performances, and a barbecue. Everyone is welcome. It is a free event and open to the public. Attendees can park at the Gathering Place or at Pelican Park and shuttle buses will be running from Willum Warrain to Pelican Park before and after the event. There were over 1000 people who attended the walk in 2019 (pictured) and we are expecting an even bigger crowd to turn up and take action on behalf of reconciliation.”
Frankston Council has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other key stakeholders to develop a reconciliation action plan and will host Storytime readings of Aboriginal-authored books as part of Reconciliation Week too. For more information, go to library.frankston.vic.gov.au/Home, and find out what’s on closer to your home at www.mornpen.vic.gov.au
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