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26 March 2019
The City of Kwinana will launch its Conciliation Action Plan this Friday, 29 March at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, with all members of the community welcome to attend.
The plan outlines a future vision for conciliation between the City of Kwinana and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, as partners.
"Other councils refer to this process as 'reconciliation'," Mayor Carol Adams said.
"But in consultation with our advisory group, we renamed the process 'conciliation', as it better describes the journey we are taking together," she said.
In 2017, the City held a series of meetings to seek community aspirations for conciliation. Feedback gained over these sessions focused on three key desires; relationships, respect and opportunities. This then informed the development of the plan 'Boola Maar Baldja Koorliny', which in Nyoongar language means 'many hands firmly united going forward'.
"The name recognises our shared desire to move forward hand-in-hand with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, connecting us all with a wealth of history, tradition and culture which enriches our society," said Mayor Adams.
The City of Kwinana has taken many steps in recent years towards acknowledging the City's Aboriginal people and culture, including building community partnerships, honouring Aboriginal history through public artworks, and more symbolic protocols such as continually flying the Aboriginal Flag.
"I am looking forward to continuing to work with our community partners along the path to conciliation," Mayor Adams said.