Town gath­ers to mark Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Jakeb Wad­dell

Towns and cities across Aus­tralia re­cently united to em­brace the na­tion’s shared his­tory and Broome was no ex­cep­tion.

Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week was celebrated be­tween May 27 and June 3 to en­cour­age a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of in­dige­nous cul­ture, his­tory and sto­ries.

The week of events and ac­tiv­i­ties in the Kimberley town was head­lined by the Shire of Broome and Yawuru’s Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Fes­ti­val on June 1, driven by the theme of “a com­mu­nity cel­e­brat­ing to­gether is a com­mu­nity grow­ing to­gether”.

The town’s best mu­si­cal acts took to the stage for the fam­ily event, in­clud­ing Stephen Pi­gram, John Ben­nett, Yatan­gal, Mervyn Mul and StiX and TriX.

There were also performances by Stu­dio 34, St Mary’s Col­lege and the Wasamba Car­ni­val Drum­mers, as well as art dis­plays, food vans, pop-up shops and a pageant fea­tur­ing last year’s Kimberley Girl en­trants.

Anti-smok­ing, al­co­hol preven­tion and other health and well­be­ing ex­hibits were also scat­tered around the oval.

Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week came just one day af­ter Na­tional Sorry Day on May 26, which aimed to raise aware­ness of the im­pact of the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion on in­dige­nous fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. More than 80 peo­ple gath­ered at the Kimberley Stolen Gen­er­a­tion of­fice to com­mem­o­rate the date with mu­sic, cake and re­flec­tion.

KSG Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Mark Bin Bakar said it was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for every­one to come to­gether.

“Our event in Broome is al­ways sup­ported by mem­bers of the Kimberley com­mu­nity, ser­vice providers and in­di­vid­u­als,” he said.

St Mary’s Col­lege sec­ondary stu­dents held a cer­e­mony to hon­our the day, while pri­mary stu­dents spelled the word “sorry” on the lawn with pur­ple flow­ers.

The col­lege said it was com­mit­ted to be­ing “a model of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion”.

John Ross, Daisy Howard, Olive Dann and John Cooper mark the day.

The “Sorry" state­ment on the lawn.

An anti-smok­ing ex­hibit.

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