On Friday, March 24, members of the Queensland Police Service gathered at Police Headquarters to share a plate of food and to celebrate the importance of Harmony Week.
Harmony Week is the recognition and celebration of cultural diversity and bringing together Australians from all different backgrounds.
Acting Inspector Honeywood of the First Nations and Multicultural Affairs Unit (FNMAU) also reminded attendees of the significance of March 21 as the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which falls during Harmony Week.
“Racial discrimination still exists within our community, and there is a lot of work that still needs to be done around ensuring it doesn’t happen, ensuring we respond sensitively when it does happen, and that we are inclusive as a community and as an organisation,” she said.
The morning tea, which featured a diverse range of cuisines from around the world, was organised by FNMAU members and supported by Police Liaison Officers, who either bought a plate of food or shared a homemade dish.
Each plate of food represented a different country, from Japan’s konjac jelly to Italy’s pizza.
Inspector Honeywood invited attendees to grab a plate of food, and in doing so, to acknowledge where it came from.
“There is nothing quite like people coming together to connect and share stories over a plate of food.
“It’s also an opportunity to reflect on, and be grateful for the richness that diversity brings to our organisation and to our Queensland community,” she said.