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Stall with brochures, flyers and information from Reconciliation Week.

There are many events and activities held this year for Reconciliation Week around the shire.

Tuesday 14 May 2019

National Reconciliation Week starts in late May and everyone is welcome to come along to the many events planned around Mount Alexander Shire.

Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Council Bronwen Machin said National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.

“This is an opportunity for all of us to take some time and think about how we can contribute towards reconciliation in Australia,” said Cr Machin.

“There are plenty of opportunities to learn something new or gain a different perspective at the reconciliation events planned through the week.

Council is hosting a Sorry Day commemoration on Sunday 26 May. Aunty Julie McHale is the event key note speaker.

“Aunty Julie is very well known and respected within our community. I thank her for her courage to share her story on this important day. Like many others I look forward to hearing her speak about her own life and her thoughts on reconciliation,” said Cr Machin.

The Sorry Day commemoration will be held from 10.30am on Sunday 26 May at Stanley Park, Harcourt.

“Harcourt was the location of the first Sorry Day event in our shire, back in 1998. It’s pleasing to be able to return there for the 21st anniversary,” said Cr Machin.

Other local activities held as part of National Reconciliation Week include film screenings, exhibitions, performances and an Indigenous walk.

The local program was developed by Nalderun Upper Loddon, consisting of representatives from the local Indigenous community, community organisations, service providers and Council. Events include:

Reconciliation Film Festival – 1.00pm on Sunday 26 May at the Theatre Royal. Features short films and documentaries as a fundraiser for Nalderun Aboriginal Services.

Reconciliation Exhibition – opening at 10.30pm on Monday 27 May at the Market Building, Mostyn Street, Castlemaine. With historical displays, Indigenous artefacts, local stories and bush tucker. Open all week from 9.00am to 5.00pm until Sunday 2 June.

Storytime – 10.30am to 11.15am on Tuesday 28 May at Castlemaine Library.

Indigenous History Walk – 10.00am to 11.00am on Wednesday 29 May. Join Uncle Rick Nelson at Castlemaine District Community Health (CHIRP), 13 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine.

Bush Tucker Tea and Bikkies – 3.00pm on Wednesday 29 May and 10.30am on Saturday 1 June. With Aunty Julie McHale at the Market Building.

Short film – Seeing the land from an Aboriginal Canoe – 5.30pm on Thursday 30 May with Uncle Rick Nelson at Castlemaine Library.

Peace Choir – 11.00am on Sunday 2 June at the Market Building.

For details on National Reconciliation Week activities visit Nalderun’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nalderun, pick up a flyer from the Civic Centre, Maldon Neighbourhood House or Castlemaine Library or call Council on 5471 1700.

The theme of National Reconciliation Week is Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage.

National Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May to 3 June and is preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful referendum held on 27 May 1967 and the High Court Mabo decision on 3 June 1992.

Image: Drop into the Market Building in Castlemaine during Reconciliation Week to see displays and learn more about local Indigenous history, culture and bush tucker.

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