Taking the next steps together!
City Council was proud to host an Elders Morning Tea to mark National
Reconciliation Week which is held annually between 27 May and 3 June.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said it was a very important occasion for the community and he was glad to see it well attended.
“Aunty Cynthia did a wonderful Welcome to Country, explaining the importance of Aboriginal languages, telling us about her story as a Gringai-Wonnarua woman, and helping us understand what National Reconciliation Week is really all about.”
“It was a special experience and feeling to hear Uncle Perry Fuller sharing the stories of his people through the music of a Yidaki,” Cr Pynsent said.
“Reconciliation is about recognising the wrongs, recognising we cannot be separated from who we are including our language and means of communication”, Aunty Cynthia said.
The Elders Morning Tea also saw the launch of educational postcards and the ’Put your Hand Up’ for NAIDOC poster campaign. 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.
Cessnock City Council received $5,000 of funding for National Reconciliation Week from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.