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Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June – is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The theme for 2023, 'Be a Voice for Generations', encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives. For the work of generations past, and the benefit of generations future, we are encouraged to act today for a more just, equitable and reconciled country for all.  

To celebrate Reconciliation Week, Georges River Council is hosting an information stall at several locations around the Georges River area and a range of events. 

Information Stall

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Council will be hosting an information stall at 3 locations over 4 days:

Monday 29  May - Hurstville Westfield, 9.00am - 1.00pm
Tuesday 30 May - Kogarah Town Square, 8.00am - 2.00pm
Wednesday 31 May - Riverwood Plaza, 9:30am - 4.00pm
Thursday 1 June - Hurstville Westfield, 9.00am - 3.00pm

The stall will provide:
- Anti-racism fact sheets from Council's Better Together campaign.
- Information booklets and fact sheets released by the Australian Federal Government regarding the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament Referendum.
- Expression of Interest forms for Council's new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.

Have Your Say in Your Way During Reconciliation Week

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Come to Hurstville Library to connect with others through collaborative weaving and learn how you can participate in shaping our community.  

Join Muruwarri artist, Virginia Keft, for a FREE interactive weaving and yarning circle that supports cultural connection and builds understanding through collaboration. Learn about Council’s new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee and our Social Justice Charter campaign.   

When: Monday 29 May 2023, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Where: Hurstville Library 


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament Referendum - Community Information Session

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Do you have questions about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament Referendum that will likely be held at the end of this year? Come along to Hurstville Library and hear from Dr Elisa Arcioni, Associate Professor in Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney Law School.

Dr Arcioni will give a FREE presentation followed by an opportunity to ask your questions. This session can be attended in person at Hurstville Library or online live via Zoom. 

When: Thursday 1 June 2023, 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Where: Hurstville Library or online via Zoom 


Explore the First Nations Collection at Georges River Libraries

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Georges River Libraries' First Nations Collection consists of approximately 600 titles.

The collection was created with the aim of amplifying the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and artists to build knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture within our community.

The bulk of the collection is available to browse and borrow from Hurstville Library, however members can reserve items in the library catalogue to pick up from any of the Georges River Libraries access points.

For more information, email or visit Libraries

First Nations Storytime

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Celebrate Reconciliation Week with a special themed storytime at our Penshurst and Kogarah libraries. 

Join us as we read a selection of picture books from the Georges River Libraries First Nations Collection. 

Suitable for children aged 3-5 years old.
When: Wednesday 31 May (Penshurst Library) and Friday 2 June (Clive James Library Kogarah)
Time: 10.30am - 11.15am.


Gidju Murra: Weaving & Art For Small Hands

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Join Muruwarri artist, Virginia Keft, for an interactive weaving and collage workshop for children and families. Participants are invited to play creatively with Indigenous weaving techniques while using a variety of art materials.

Suitable for ages 3-6 and families. 

When: Monday 29 May 2023, 10.00am - 11.30am
Where: Penshurst Library 
Cost: Free

Children's Colouring Activity at Hurstville Museum & Gallery

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Hurstville Museum and Gallery will be hosting a colouring activity throughout Reconciliation Week. 

Children can colour an artwork and include a message about what Reconciliation Week means to them.

The artworks produced will form a larger collaborative artwork which will be displayed at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. 

For more information, email or visit Hurstville Museum & Gallery

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