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Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Reconciliation Week runs from May 27th to June 3rd, marking the dates of the successful 1967 referendum and the historic 1992 High Court Mabo decision on Native Title. This year’s theme ‘Be a Voice for Generations’ challenges us all to find ways to be a support reconciliation in our everyday lives.

NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty, David Harris said Reconciliation Week is a good time to stop and reflect on the role each of us can play in creating a shared future of which we can be proud of.

“How do we want future generations to remember us? Will they look at us and say, ‘they’re the ones who opened themselves up to truth-telling, who moved us further down the path towards a more just and equitable Australia?’ I hope so.”

“Each of us has the power to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – bringing meaningful conversations and actions to where we live, work and socialise,” Minister Harris says.

“Your voice holds power. Be a voice for generations.”

Reconciliation Australia outlines tangible ways you can promote reconciliation including incorporating Acknowledgment of Country into meetings, gathering or events, supporting First Nations businesses, and learning more about our rich Indigenous history.

Events will take place across New South Wales including community marches, film festivals and Indigenous art exhibitions.

In Tamworth, a flag raising event was held at Fitzroy Plaza, including a performance by the Gomeroi Dance Company, a number of speeches, and a special cake with a design called “Generations” designed by Krystle Lamb.

Another event will be held today in Tamworth at 2 Rivers, with author of “Jimmy Little, A Yorta Yorta Man’ Aunty Frances Peters-Little, giving a talk followed by morning tea and a creative activity.

Details of other events and information on how to register can be found on the Reconciliation Australia website. https://www.reconciliation.org.au/

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