National Reconciliation Week Celebrations- Let’s take the next steps!
Cessnock City Council is hosting an Elders Morning Tea to mark National Reconciliation Week which is held annually between 27 May and 3 June, this year’s theme is ‘Let’s take the next steps’.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this is a very important event for the entire community as it raises awareness, and builds on understanding and relationships.
“Recognising National Reconciliation Week is an important part of Council’s commitment to creating meaningful change within our organisation and in the community,” Cr Pynsent said.
This follows the completion of Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which provides Council with a framework and vision for reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The one year plan listed 13 actions that were completed during 2016. Council is now beginning to plan for its next Reconciliation Action Plan, the Innovate RAP.
National Reconciliation Week recognises the 50 year 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 the 25 year anniversary of 1992 Mabo Decision, 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.
The Elders Morning Tea will include a Welcome to Country and cultural performance held in the Council Administration Building.
The event will launch a free series of postcards created to raise awareness and understanding about local Wonnarua culture, key social and historical events will be available.Postcards will be available at the Council Administration Building, and Cessnock City Libraries.
’Put your Hand Up’ for NAIDOC poster campaign will also launch at the Elders Morning Tea. Participants are invited to paint or draw their hand and place them on the walls in the Council Administration Building or Cessnock City Libraries.
Anyone interested in becoming involved in the ‘Put Your Hand Up’ for NAIDOC poster campaign can contact Jo Miller on 4993 4258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
24 May 2017