National Reconciliation Week events in Horsham
Horsham Rural City Council launched its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on Monday as part of the official launch of National Reconciliation Week (NRW). Mayor Mark Radford hosted a morning tea at Horsham Regional Art Gallery, where the RAP was distributed to a crowd of about 40 Wimmera people. “Our Innovate Reconciliation Action affirms Council’s commitment to being a community where Aboriginal people are valued and respected,” Cr Radford said. “This document has been developed by listening and engaging with our local Aboriginal people, residents, service providers, local schools, Council staff and other stakeholders throughout 2018. The RAP has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. “Key stakeholders will work closely with Council to implement and monitor the actions taken over the next two years. The RAP will also be reported on annually in Council’s Annual Report.” Cr Radford encouraged all Wimmera people to be involved in NRW (27 May to 3 -une) events across the municipality. He said this year’s theme was ‘grounded in truth’ which aimed to generate discussion about Australia’s colonial history. “The week provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples and the broader community to strengthen their relationships by continuing to heal historical wounds,” Cr Radford said. “Truth telling is an important step in moving forward with a unified future, based on understanding and respect.” On Tuesday there was a morning tea celebration at SkillInvest followed by an artwork display at Wimmera Health Care Group. Federation University will host a Film Festival on Wednesday from 11am at 289 Baillie Street. On Thursday, Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and Gwmwater will hold another morning tea from 10am at the CMA offices, 24 Darlot Street, Horsham. Each year National Reconciliation Week builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.