City of Stonnington will acknowledge National Reconciliation Week 2021 with a program of special events and invites the community to participate.
National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to recognise, reflect and engage with our Indigenous community. This year’s theme is ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’ urging the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
Our main Council event at Malvern Town Hall on Friday 28 May will begin with a smoking ceremony on the sportsground, (located behind Malvern Town Hall).* Activities will then move into the Malvern Town Hall for a Welcome to Country with Boonwurrung elder Dr N’arweet Carolyn Briggs AM and a speech by Stonnington Mayor, Cr Kate Hely.
There will be live performances featuring Indigenous artists, Breanna Lee, (singer) and Sean Ryan, (didgeridoo player) Shauntai Wiradjuri (soloist) and Brett Lee (singer/songwriter), together with refreshments in a COVID-safe setting.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – individuals, families, communities and organisations to come together as a nation. It recognises that we each have a role to play in reconciliation to collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, histories, cultures and futures.
This year marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.
We acknowledge the Bunurong, Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Peoples of the East Kulin Nations are the Traditional Custodians of this land who have strived to retain their identity and cultures over many years.
Friday 28 May, 1.30pm Malvern Town Hall
Meet at Malvern Cricket Ground, (rear of Malvern Town Hall)
*(In the event of rain, proceedings will commence in the Malvern Town Hall).
Free event, bookings essential