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Girl looks at Indigenous display table.

See Indigenous artefacts, information and displays at the Market Building in Castlemaine throughout Reconciliation Week.

Monday 14 May 2018

Reconciliation Week is a great opportunity for all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help the community grow.

There are many local events planned throughout Reconciliation Week, and everyone is encouraged to come along and get involved.

“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 the civic reception,” said Uncle Rick.

Mount Alexander Shire Council will host an event to commemorate Sorry Day on Saturday 26 May.

“Sorry Day is a chance for our community to unite and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, along with their families and communities,” said Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Council.

After the Sorry Day event everyone will be invited to visit the Reconciliation Exhibition at the Market Building, which will officially open on Monday 28 May at 10.30am.

The week long exhibition will include Indigenous artefacts, a traditional possum skin coat, bush tucker, native Indigenous plants, historical displays and much more.

The exhibition will be open to the public all week, with visits planned for local school groups. Students will receive a guided tour from Local Indigenous Elders and have the chance to sample some bush tucker.

A unique Indigenous experience is also on offer from 7.00pm on Thursday 31 May, with a gourmet bush tucker dinner and Indigenous art auction.

“We have some delicious dishes planned with a five course bush tucker menu,” said Aunty Julie McHale.

“There’s something for everyone – with emu, kangaroo, native fruit desserts, bush tucker cheeses and chocolate and vegetarian options,” she said.

Local Indigenous artists will tell the story of their art, and the evening will include a silent auction.

Tickets are $100 and numbers are limited. To book contact Pauline at Pauline.Bolch@anglicarevic.org.au or 0438 751 794. Tables of six are preferred.

The Reconciliation Week program was developed by the Nalderun Upper Loddon, consisting of representatives from the local indigenous community, community organisations, service providers and Council.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from Sunday 27 May – 3 June. The theme for 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery. Learn. Share. Grow.

For more information contact Council on 5471 1700.


Event: Sorry Day
When: 11.00am on Saturday 26 May
Where: Outside the historic Market Building in Mostyn Street, Castlemaine.

Event: Official opening of Reconciliation Exhibition
When: 10.30am on Monday 28 May
Where: Market Building, Mostyn Street, Castlemaine.

The exhibition is open to the public daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm, with the final day on Sunday 3 June

Event: Gourmet Bush Tucker Dinner and silent Indigenous Art auction
When: 7.00pm on Thursday 31 May
Where: Former Continuing Education building at 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine
Cost: $100
Book: Contact Pauline at Pauline.Bolch@anglicarevic.org.au or 0438 751 794.

Image: See Indigenous artefacts, a traditional possum skin coat, bush tucker and more during Reconciliation Week at the Market Building in Castlemaine.

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