THERE’S still time to catch some cool and reflective events at National Reconciliation Week which finishes up on Monday (June 3).
In Bayswater today (Saturday June 1) there will be a Noongar language and cultural session at Maylands Library at 10am.
Led by language teacher Carol Foley, participants will learn about colours, numbers and greetings in Noongar.
Recently Bayswater council has taken steps to strengthen its relationship with its Aboriginal community.
“We are incredibly proud to have handed our draft reconciliation action plan to Reconciliation Australia, paving the way for the city’s unique reconciliation journey,” wrote councillor Filomena Piffaretti.
“After officially endorsing the Uluru Statement from the Heart, we now have the statement proudly displayed at the entrance of council chambers as a reminder of our commitment to reconciliation.”
The centrepiece of the week’s event is the Walk for Reconciliation, a symbolic march through the streets of Perth’s CBD that was attended by 4000 people last year.
“This is an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in our First Peoples’ culture, contribution and ceremony,” said ReconciliationWA, which organises the event.
“Elders, artists, dancers, story tellers, musicians and the extended First Peoples’ community welcome you to share their knowledge of the country, we all call home, by getting involved in the cultural activations.”
If you get your Voice early, the march starts at noon, Friday May 31 at Wardang Gardens (beside the RAC Arena) and finishes at Yagan Square at 1pm.
More than 140 street banners promoting the march and Reconciliation week are on display in prominent Perth locations like Elizabeth Quay.
The banners feature the eye-catching work of Valmayi Nampitjinpa, an artist based at Tjarlirli Art Centre in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of the Western Desert, about 350 kilometres north-east of Warburton.
Throughout Reconciliation Week the Trafalgar Bridge in East Perth is lit up in the red, yellow and black of the Aboriginal flag.
WA Police have also marked Reconciliation Week with the launch of their inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan.
Under the plan Aboriginal flags will fly permanently all WA police stations, Aboriginal people will acknowledged as traditional owners in signs at police buildings and WA Police will investigate giving officers Aboriginal language lessons and upping the number of Aboriginal recruits.
Officers will also make more visits to Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal artworks will displayed at certain police facilities.
The theme of this year’s Reconciliation Week is “Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage”. To find out more go to http://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/