Join Council and celebrate Reconciliation Week 2017

30/05/2017


Georges River Council is inviting all members of the local community to attend Council’s annual Reconciliation Week morning tea on Monday 5 June 2017.

“Celebrated around the country between 27 May and 3 June each year, Reconciliation Week is a time for us to come together to reflect on our shared histories and celebrate how far we have come as a nation,” Georges River Council Administrator John Rayner said.

“With the theme Let’s Take the Next Steps, this year’s celebrations is a very special year for Reconciliation Week as it marks two significant anniversaries in Australian-Aboriginal history.”

“It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum, which saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote on 27 May 1967 to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.”

“It has also been 25 years since the historic Mabo decision, where on 3 June 1992 the High Court of Australia made the decision to legally recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship to the land. This recognition then paved the way for land rights or Native Title.”

Mr Rayner added that Council is a strong supporter of the local Aboriginal community and this annual event is just one way to showcase the proud history and culture of the Aboriginal people.

“Council is proud to support the local Aboriginal community and we welcome further initiatives that strengthen the relationship between the wider Georges River community and the Aboriginal community.”
 

2017 National Reconciliation Week details:

The program for this year’s Reconciliation Week includes: An Acknowledgement of Country; speeches from local Aboriginal community members and a special address by The Hon Linda Burney MP, a Didgeridoo performance and Aboriginal cultural performances by the Georges River College, Peakhurst Campus and Danebank Anglican School.

Date: Monday 5 June 2017
Time: 10:30am for an 11.00am start
Location: The Gardens on Forest Road, 764 Forest Road, Peakhurst
Limited Seats - Bookings Essential

For more information and bookings, contact Council’s Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam via jbassam@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.