Aboriginal culture showcased during Reconciliation Week

Aboriginal culture, heritage and song will be showcased at Shellharbour City’s Reconciliation Week celebrations on Monday, 28 May.

More than 175 students from 25 Shellharbour schools will walk alongside the community as part of the 9th annual Reconciliation School Flag Walk in Shellharbour Village.

This year’s theme is ‘Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow’. Aboriginal Elders, civic leaders and school children will each play a part in the special flag exchange to mark the event.

The event will feature several workshops including storytelling, artefacts, weaponry, bush survival and history, as well as song and dance from Aboriginal performance group, Koomurri.

Mayor Marianne Saliba said honouring the community’s Aboriginal culture and heritage was an integral part of strengthening ties to the place in which we lived.

"I encourage everyone to join us in our walk and ceremony and honour the Aboriginal culture and heritage of our community and help to overcome any issues of social separation between cultures," Cr Saliba said.

"Recognising and protecting the Aboriginal history of our city provides us with connections that date back thousands of years and can provide a true understanding of the rich culture of the Aboriginal people," she said.

"Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) provides an opportunity for everyone to learn and reflect on the vibrancy of the Aboriginal culture, the struggles faced and the role we all play in the journey ahead.”

The walk will begin at 10am, from Beverley Whitfield Pool (ocean pool) to Little Park, Shellharbour Village where a civic ceremony will be held from 11am.

Cultural activities begin in Little Park at 10.15am, with a BBQ lunch at 12.30pm.

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