On National Sorry Day, we remember, acknowledge and say sorry for the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout the years, and reflect on how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation.
Today, throughout National Reconciliation Week (May 27 – June 3), and every day, we respectfully acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land that we call the City of Swan.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up a significant portion of the City’s population. They are a valued and respected part of our community.
We are committed to ongoing work and making real change to achieve a reconciled Australia.
Last year, we launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (Innovate RAP) 2022-2024, which includes practical actions designed to strengthen respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, build a culture of respect, and implement work practices that promote equity and opportunity for all.
Earlier in the year, we engaged a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create artwork for a streetscape art gallery throughout Midland and Woodbridge and in our Council Chambers.
We also recently engaged 12 Noongar artists to create unique works of art for the City’s 2024 Community Calendar, which is a celebration of living Noongar culture and connection to country.
Next week, we will launch our new Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training (ACAT) program, so together our employees can develop an in-depth awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, knowledge and history.
We encourage the community to get involved in local Reconciliation Week events to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation on how to help building a just, equitable and reconciled Australia.
Go to www.recwa.org.au/what-is-reconciliation/nrw-2023/