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Thursday, 21 May 2020
The City of Kwinana is proud to continue its work with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Kwinana in an effort to bring awareness of important historical events to the local community.
2020 marks the twenty-year anniversary of the biggest public demonstration in Australia’s history – the Walk for Reconciliation. This event saw approximately 300,000 people walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge in support of reconciliation.
Mayor Carol Adams said that the City’s first Conciliation Action Plan, launched in 2019, had been developed through a journey of reflection within Kwinana.
“Conciliation is about building and strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians,” Mayor Adams said.
“National Reconciliation Week is just one way that we can recognise the journey taken towards building a just and equitable society for all Australians,” she said.
Mayor Adams said that whilst she was pleased with the progress to date, there was still much work to be done.
“We are now taking steps to move into the second stage of our Conciliation Action Plan, also known as the ‘Innovate’ phase,” Mayor Adams said.
“Throughout the process, we have developed and maintained strong relationships with local Elders, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community members who work and live in and around Kwinana,’ she said.
“This community has expressed a need for increased awareness of histories and cultures among the wider community, and aspires to develop a strong sense of pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and children,” Mayor Adams said.
“Over the next two years, the City plans to deliver on this desire by setting measurable targets across the organization,” she said.
To learn more about National Reconciliation Week and Reconciliation Australia’s national RAP program visit the National Reconciliation Week website.