Reconciliation theme strong in Cessnock

The Cessnock local government area is gearing up to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a morning tea held at Council today to celebrate National Reconciliation Week and the start of NAIDOC Week activities.

The Cessnock local government area is gearing up to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a morning tea held at Council today to celebrate National Reconciliation Week and the start of NAIDOC Week activities.

National Reconciliation Week is a time to raise awareness, and build understanding and relationships.  

The week is held between 27 May and 3 June of each year, in recognition of the anniversary of the 1967 referendum, when Australians voted to change the constitution and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as full citizens.  

It also recognises Mabo Day in 1992, when the High Court of Australia overturned the notion of Australia being 'terra nullius' (nobody's land) before settlement, and paved the way for Native Title.  

“Recognising National Reconciliation Week and supporting NAIDOC Week is an important part of Council’s commitment to creating meaningful change within our organisation and in the community,” Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Pynsent said.  

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held each year from 3 to 10 July 2016, but local events will kick off earlier, with the Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation NAIDOC Awards night on Friday 24 June and the Songlines Print Project exhibition at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery from Wednesday 8 June.  

The 2016 NAIDOC Week theme is Songlines: the living narrative of our nation.  

This year will also include the ‘Put your Hand Up’ for NAIDOC poster campaign.   

The Mayor along with local elders and Council staff, participated by hanging their printed hand posters in Council’s administration building earlier today.   Community members, organisations and local schools are invited to participate.  

“This is a great way for everyone to get involved in NAIDOC. Posters will be available for schools and community groups, as well as at Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries for the community to print their hands and participate.”  

“This year’s NAIDOC Week activities will include the annual flag raising and family fun days in Cessnock and Kurri Kurri, which are growing each year, as well as art exhibitions, traditional basket weaving workshops, and Dreamtime Storytime in the city libraries.”  

A full list and details of the activities planned for NAIDOC Week can be found in the on our website.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the ‘Put Your Hand Up’ for NAIDOC poster campaign can contact Jo Miller on 4993 4258 or jo.miller@cessnock.nsw.gov.au  

2016 NAIDOC Week is proudly supported by Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre, Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation, Catholic Care, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, Cessnock City Library and CYCOS.

27 May 2016