Reconciliation Week 2021.

Reconciliation week was launched last night. There was an uplifting smoking ceremony and welcome to country delivered by Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Corrina Eccles. Norm Stanley accompanied her on the didgeridoo. It was lovely to see his children joining in.

Reconciliation week runs from May 23 – June 3. The theme this year is ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, urging the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. National Sorry Day is Wednesday May 26th.

Projection artwork can be viewed until June 6, next to Barwon Water and outside Geelong City Hall. It is by talented Matt Bonner, you can read his story on our website or watch the video he sent in for the Online Expo on our YouTube.

The Indigenous artwork was through the Torch program. “We provide art, cultural and arts industry support to Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders in Victoria. Our aim is to reduce the rate of reoffending by encouraging the exploration of identity and culture through art programs to define new pathways upon release.”

The City of Greater Geelong website lists events that will be held this week, including Reconciliation in the Park, Johnstone Park, which will be Sunday 30th May.

Nyatne (thank you) to all involved.

Photos by Jacqui Bennett