Cam­paign to re­flect on cul­ture con­nec­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A CAM­PAIGN launched to co­in­cide with Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week show­cases how Aus­tralians can ben­e­fit from a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple and cul­tures through the spirit of friend­ship and mu­tual re­spect.

The Are We Ready? cam­paign, launched by not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Cul­ture is Life, asks all Aus­tralians to work to­wards deep­en­ing their con­nec­tion with Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple and cul­tures.

The cam­paign fea­tures sev­eral Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal friends talk­ing about their friend­ship, the en­rich­ment their re­la­tion­ship has pro­vided them and how their friend­ship has af­fected their sense of our na­tion’s iden­tity.

Cul­ture is Life chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Belinda Duarte said ac­knowl­edg­ing cul­tural mile­stones gave an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on the lessons learnt and how we can progress.

“The cam­paign poses the ques­tion: are we ready to au­then­ti­cally con­nect with each other as Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple?” Ms Duarte said.

“Are we ready to truly con­sider the his­tory of this na­tion and re­con­sider our own per­sonal choices and role in creat­ing a more united na­tion?”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Cul­ture is Life and cam­paigns, visit www.cul­tureis­life.org.

PHOTO: ALIS­TAIR BRIGHT­MAN

TIME TO CON­NECT: Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week be­gins next week.

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