National Reconciliation Week
27 May 2020
This week is National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June), and while commemorations look different this year, the sentiment remains the same.
This is a week for all Australians to learn about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The theme of this year’s National Reconciliation Week is ‘In this Together’. This message takes on even more meaning when you consider how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all.
Reconciliation is a journey for all of us – as individuals, families, communities and as a nation. Greater Dandenong Council acknowledges the important role our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community has to play and we share a vision of walking hand in hand into the future with all the people that make up our diverse city.
Greater Dandenong Mayor, Cr Jim Memeti today held a special flag raising ceremony in Harmony Square. While the Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags fly all year round, raising them today demonstrated our commitment to working together for a unified future.
In a celebration of culture, Council is working with indigenous artists on a number of projects across Greater Dandenong.
Aboriginal artist Ian Harrison has created a painting called “Wominjeka” to reflect local Aboriginal narratives.
The painting will be reprinted on translucent film and will soon be installed in the Dandenong Library windows overlooking Harmony Square. The placement of the paining reflects Council’s commitment to recognition of traditional custodianship of the land and our ongoing respect for our indigenous community.