Change at heart of special event
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.