Turn intentions into action during National Reconciliation Week

Thursday, 24 May

National Reconciliation Week is coming up from 27 May to 3 June and Lismore City Council is hosting a public event as well as an internal ceremony to mark the occasion and raise awareness about how to actively champion reconciliation in the community.

The 2018 theme is ‘Don’t Keep History A Mystery’ and Australians are encouraged to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.

As part of encouraging greater reconciliation throughout the local community, Lismore City Council is hosting a ‘RAPS in the Region’ event on Thursday, 31 May for interested local businesses, organisations and community members.

People are invited to join Council, Rous Water, Gnibi/Southern Cross University and ACON to hear about why and how these organisations developed Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) and what difference it has made to how these organisations work.

“We have come a long way since we introduced our first RAP and I am immensely proud of the practical measures we have taken to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” General Manager Gary Murphy said.

“Our first Reconciliation Action Plan turned symbolism into action, taking our good intentions and laying out a clear plan of action to affect positive change both within our organisation and the broader community.

“Our second RAP consolidates that work even further, with ambitious targets for employment, community engagement and cultural awareness. They encourage us to strive for positive change and continue enhancing our understanding of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander culture and people.”

The free RAPs in the Region event is being held at the Lismore Regional Gallery from 10am to 12pm. To book a place, please RSVP to Sandra Campbell on 6625 0436.

Internally, Council will hold a special National Reconciliation Week event on 29 May to raise awareness among employees about the history and culture of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The event will include a flag raising ceremony and morning tea, a yarning circle and a screening of the video Occupation: Native.

In this film, Aboriginal filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas looks at the role of Aboriginal and Torres Islander people through history from European arrival to today. Using comedy including skits and cartoons balanced with serious moments of reflection, the film is designed to engage audiences with a fresh look at Australia’s history.

For more information on National Reconciliation Week or holding an event of your own, visit www.reconciliation.org.au.

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