Celebrating history and culture on National Reconciliation Week

19 May 2017 - Media release

Campaspe Shire Council has teamed up with Njernda Aboriginal Corporation to celebrate Australia’s shared history, culture and achievement that is National Reconciliation Week, 27 May – 3 June.

Campaspe Shire Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the week salutes the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians. It’s an opportunity to reflect on our national identity and history.

"The week provides an opportunity to celebrate and strengthen the reconciliation process."

"This year's theme 'Let's take the next steps' commemorates two historic milestones - 50 years since the 1967 referendum to amend the Constitution to recognise indigenous people and 25 years since the Mabo decision. And we are asking the community to take the next steps by joining us in a walk, to symbolise the next big steps in our nation's reconciliation journey."

"Reconciliation Week is the perfect time to not only celebrate but reflect on our country’s history and the contributions made by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people."

This year's event will be held on Monday, 29 May meeting at 10am at Njernda (84 Hare Street) for a community walk along Hare Street to the Aquatic Reserve. Once at the reserve, a flag raising ceremony will follow, along with speeches and a morning tea.

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation Deputy Chief Executive Officer, John Mitchell said Reconciliation Week offers the opportunity to come together as one and celebrate us all moving forward to further develop our strong community relationships.

"We, at Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, are taking a more proactive approach as we move forward to the future with much anticipation, acceptance and participation as we celebrate our two historic milestones together," Mr Mitchell said.

"Reconciliation Week is a national celebration - and one we are pleased to share with our community," Cr Weston said.

For more information about the event contact Bobbi Aitken on 5481 2206 or visit council's website.

Read event details here