Aboriginal culture showcased during Reconciliation Week

Aboriginal culture, heritage and song will be showcased at Shellharbour City’s Reconciliation Week celebrations on 29 May.

This year’s event is especially significant, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision.

More than 160 students from 25 Shellharbour schools will walk alongside the community as part of the 9th annual Reconciliation School Flag Walk in Shellharbour Village.

Aboriginal Elders, civic leaders and school children will each play a part in the special flag exchange to mark the event.

The school children will rotate through four cultural workshops: Sorry Day (Sea of Hands); Language; Anniversary of 1967 referendum; and 25th Anniversary of Mabo decision. 

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

In the event of rain the event will be held at Centenary Hall, Tongarra Road, Albion Park.

For more information contact Council’s Media Officer on 4221 6038.