Change at heart of spe­cial event

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

MARIST Youth Care cel­e­brated Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week with a spe­cial event at Daramu Youth Ser­vices Cen­tre on Fri­day.

The Plump­ton-based cen­tre em­braced this year’s theme - “It’s time to change it up” - with a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing didgeri­doo play­ing, an Abo­rig­i­nal flag rais­ing cer­e­mony, an art ex­hi­bi­tion and face paint­ing.

Marist Youth Care’s Daramu youth di­ver­sion­ary pro­gram de­liv­ers case man­age­ment pro­grams, in­ter­ven­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties for West­ern Syd­ney Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple aged 15-18 years who are at risk of con­tact with the ju­ve­nile crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem or are in­volved with po­lice or ju­ve­nile jus­tice.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Cate Sy­des said the cen­tre was com­mit­ted to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

“Marist Youth Care has be­gun the for­mal process of de­vel­op­ing a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ac­tion plan,” Ms Sykes said.

Two key mile­stones fea­ture in Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week. May 27 marks the an­niver­sary of the 1967 ref­er­en­dum when Aus­tralians voted to re­move clauses in the Aus­tralian Con­sti­tu­tion that dis­crim­i­nated against Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple, and June 3 marks the 1992 Mabo de­ci­sion in which the High Court recog­nised Na­tive Ti­tle.

Dancers Dwan and Jar­rah per­form a tra­di­tional dance.

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