Maroondah to celebrate National Reconciliation Week 2020 with online program of activities

The community is invited to a live-streamed performance and Q&A with one of Australia’s most respected and inspiring singer-songwriters, proud Mutti Mutti man, Kutcha Edwards, in celebration of National Reconciliation Week 2020 – from 27 May to 3 June.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Council’s Reconciliation program is moving online with a range of activities in partnership with Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place (MMIGP) and Maroondah Movement for Reconciliation.

Wednesday 27 May will see the launch of Reconciliation Week with the release of a video featuring the Mayor of Maroondah, Cr Mike Symon, and Chair of MMIGP Karen Milward.

Karen, a proud Yorta Yorta woman, is a strong advocate for culturally appropriate solutions to issues confronting Indigenous people.

She said the video was an opportunity to promote Aboriginal cultural heritage in Maroondah, as well as highlight the aspirations of Indigenous people, some of the challenges faced, and how Indigenous and non-Indigenous people can work together towards improving cultural knowledge, acceptance and understanding.

“Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to showcase Aboriginal culture within our communities as a way of bringing us together. It’s one week where we get to promote who we are, our aspirations for the future, and to improve cultural awareness and understanding,” she said.

On Thursday 28 May at 11am, members of the community can tune in to a live-streamed performance by Kutcha Edwards on the Arts in Maroondah Facebook page. Viewers can also take part in a live Q&A with the legendary award-winning singer-songwriter and members of the MMIGP community following the performance.

Kutcha Edwards performs regularly at Reconciliation Week activities in Maroondah and has deep connections to the local Indigenous community. Through stories, songs and conversations, Kutcha explores, defines and imparts his understanding of what it means to be an Indigenous person in Australia today and the history that brought us to this point in time.

A series of short videos, including a mini-documentary ‘Yeng Gali Mullum – A Reconciliation Choir’, will also be shared on the Arts in Maroondah Facebook page

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