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Be a part of reconciliation in Mount Alexander Shire (National Reconciliation Week 27 May - 3 June)

Reconciliation Week 2021.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging everyone to play an active role in reconciliation in the lead up to Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week this year.

Friday 21 May 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging everyone to play an active role in reconciliation in the lead up to Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week this year.

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week is “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.

“The theme for Reconciliation Week this year strongly encourages a movement towards braver and more impactful action as we continue to acknowledge our past and work towards reconciliation,” said Sharna Cropley, Inclusive Communities Coordinator, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“There are many local events planned throughout Reconciliation Week and we are encouraging everyone to come along and get involved.

“It’s a good time for us to all think about what each of us can do individually and as a community,” said Ms Cropley.

Reconciliation Week will commence with an event to commemorate Sorry Day on Wednesday 26 May on the steps of the historic Market Building in Castlemaine. It will open with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country conducted by Dja Dja Wurrung Elder Uncle Rick Nelson. The event will also include key note speeches by Aunty Maxine Briggs and Uncle Larry Walsh, who will share their personal stories.

“After the Sorry Day event, everyone is invited to visit the Reconciliation Week Exhibition at the Market Building or join us for the official opening the next day.

“The week long exhibition will include historical displays, Indigenous artefacts, local stories, a range of Aboriginal art by talented local artists and much more,” said Ms Cropley.

The official opening for the Reconciliation Week Exhibition will be held at 10.30am on Thursday 27 May and will feature a speech from Uncle Ron Murray. Uncle Ron Murray is a Wamba Wamba man who lives locally in Yapeen. He is also a renowned storyteller, musician, didgeridoo maker and wood sculptor.

The exhibition will be open to the public all week, with the opportunity to purchase some locally made bush tucker hampers and recipe packs.

A range of stimulating and educational activities will also run as part of the Reconciliation Week program across the shire including story time at the Castlemaine Library, films at the Theatre Royal, cultural tours and walks, a Spirit of Country celebration and more. All events and activities will have CovidSafe measures in place.

The program was developed by Nalderun Education Aboriginal Corporation and the Mamunya group, consisting of representatives from the local Indigenous community, community members and organisations, service providers and Council.

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

For more information on the full range of events visit Nalderun’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nalderun, pick up a program from the Civic Centre, the Castlemaine Library and other locations across the shire, or contact Council on 5471 1700.

Key events

Event: Sorry Day Commemoration
When: 11.00 am on Wednesday 26 May
Where: Market Building, Mostyn street, Castlemaine

Event: Reconciliation Week Exhibition – Official Opening
When: 10.30am on Thursday 27 May
Where: Market Building, Mostyn Street, Castlemaine.

The exhibition is open to the public daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm, with staff and volunteers on hand to guide you.

Image: Join us at Reconciliation Week and see artefacts, bush tucker, aboriginal art and more.

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