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Join Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week activities

Aunty Julie and friends

Come along and join in on activities during Reconciliation Week in Mount Alexander Shire.

Friday 12 May 2017

Everyone is invited to take part in Reconciliation Week activities around the shire.

In 2017, the local Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week Program reflects on three significant anniversaries in Australia’s Reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, 25 years since the historic Mabo decision and 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report.

More than ten community events will be held from Thursday 25 May to Sunday 4 June to commemorate these historical milestones.

The program of events includes a free screening of the films The Fair Go: Winning the 1957 Referendum and Mabo: A story of love, passion and justice.

There will also be a Reconciliation Exhibition at the Market Building, a panel discussion and the launch of the Reconciliation Stone at the Civic Centre.

“Reconciliation is a time for the community to try to come together,” said Uncle Rick Nelson, local Dja Dja Wurrung Elder.

“I hope people will get out to some of the displays, events and a civic reception,” said Uncle Rick.

Copies of the program are available at various locations across the shire including the Civic Centre, Castlemaine District and Community Health, Castlemaine and Maldon Visitor Information Centres and Castlemaine Library.

The program has been developed by the Nalderun Upper Loddon Events Group, consisting of representatives from the local indigenous community, community organisations, service providers and Mount Alexander Shire Council.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. The theme for #NRW2017 is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.

For more information contact Kath Coff on 0432 656 007 or Mount Alexander Shire Council on 5471 1700.


Image: Mount Alexander Shire’s 2016 Citizen of the Year and advocate Aunty Julie McHale, shared her journey towards reconciliation and educating kids and the community about indigenous culture at Australia Day celebrations this year.


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