Town gathers to mark Reconciliation Week
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.