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Community Reconciliation Morning Tea

Posted on: Thursday, 31 May 2018 at 1:51:45 PM

The rain cleared and the weather settled to make for perfect conditions for the Shire of Northam Reconciliation Working Group inaugural Community Reconciliation Morning Tea. The event was held in celebration of 2018 National Reconciliation Week.

Proceedings commenced with a moving Welcome to Country from local Ballardong Elder Deborah Moody and accompanied by Frank Davis on the didgeridoo. Shire President Cr Chris Antonio welcomed the gathering crowd, before the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian Flags were raised, again accompanied by the traditional sounds of the didgeridoo.

The morning tea was hosted by the Shire of Northam with generous support from several local businesses and volunteers. There were traditional Aboriginal food samplings, including kangaroo sausages donated by Quins Gourmet Butcher and kangaroo kebabs prepared by the Northam Yorgas group, who also made some Aboriginal jam to complement the damper baked by various local volunteers.  Donations were also received from Coles, Woolworths, McDonald’s, Subway, Café Yasou and Happy Days Café. A special mention ought to be made to Directions Workforce Solutions and Brenda DeAtta who made significant contributions to help bring the people of Northam together.

Shire President Cr Chris Antonio said it was pleasing to see a large crowd of people in attendance and showing support for reconciliation. This was the first of many upcoming initiatives which will be planned by the Shire’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group as part of the development of the it’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Cr Antonio said that this inaugural event was a good platform on which to build in future.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated each year to commemorate the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. It 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. “Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow” is the theme for the 2018 celebrations, encouraging us to explore history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered.

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