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National Reconciliation Week 2018


General news
Media Release - 18 May 2018

How do you say “hello” in Darug? Is that native plant poison or a healthy snack? Find the answer to these questions and more during Council’s celebration of National Reconciliation Week, held from 27 May – 3 June 2018.

National Reconciliation Week is an annual event that aims to advance a just and united Australia; one where the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is valued and accepted.  

Highlights of Council’s weeklong festival include:

  • Thursday 24 May, Yarn-Up for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service users
  • Monday 28 May – Friday 8 June, Dreamtime storytelling at Cumberland libraries
  • Friday 1 June, Darug language and culture class
  • Friday 1 June, Bush School Story Time

National Reconciliation Week will also be celebrated at the Auburn Botanic Garden Open Day on Sunday 27 May, 11am-4pm with:

  • Cultural Talks
  • Bush tucker tasting
  • Dance performance and workshop for kids
  • Aboriginal art workshops at the neighbouring Peacock Gallery

Mayor Greg Cummings welcomed this year’s theme of “Don’t keep history a mystery.”

“Understanding our history is a critical step in achieving reconciliation,” Mayor Cummings said.

“We need to know and understand the events that have divided us; we need to reflect on and celebrate those efforts that have brought us closer together.

“Our vision for Cumberland is a community where everyone is able to belong. For this to happen, the unique contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders must be recognised and celebrated.

“Our National Reconciliation Week program of events has something for everyone so that it’s easy to get involved, especially for young families.

“Council is also developing a Reconciliation Action Plan that will help keep us on track in ensuring all our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents feel truly welcome and able to belong.

“At all our events during this week there will be different ways for you to have your say on your vision for reconciliation in Cumberland.”