Fostering positive relationships between the broader community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is at the heart of the City of Bayswater’s 2019 National Reconciliation Week celebrations.
Working with this year’s theme ‘grounded in truth’, the City will be reflecting on its Reconciliation journey so far, and encouraging the community to broaden their knowledge of Noongar culture.
City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said that the City is working to create an inclusive and respectful community in which the cultures of its first peoples are acknowledged, shared and celebrated.
“Over the past year we have achieved two important milestones in our Reconciliation journey under the guidance of our Aboriginal Advisory Committee. In 2018 Council fully supported the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ by officially endorsing it. Our draft Reflect: Reconciliation Action Plan is now with Reconciliation Australia undergoing its final review.
“Reconciliation is not a simple journey or one to be taken lightly, but we are committed to fostering positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and will continue to look for ways to support them.
The City will be hosting a special edition of its free Noongar Language and Culture sessions at Maylands Library on Saturday June 1 to celebrate the week. Led by local Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer and Noongar language teacher Carol Foley, the workshop will explore Reconciliation and teach participants colours, numbers and greetings in Noongar language.
“I really encourage everyone in the community to come along, these sessions are an incredible opportunity to learn about our City through the eyes of its first people.”
National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May to 3 June. For more information or full event details, click here.