Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
As National Reconciliation Week wraps up on Saturday, June 3, local organisations Murri Watch, Murri Court and Binga Birri invited residents of Mackay to gather and learn about shared histories and cultures as society works towards achieving reconciliation in Australia, with a Reconciliation Bridge Walk taking place on Monday.
The National Reconciliation Week 2023 theme is “Be a voice for generations”, encouraging all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives.
Murri Watch Senior Officer Jenny Timor, who has a Torres Strait Island and South Sea Island background, said the National Reconciliation Week creates further awareness of local Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander culture.
“It’s an opportunity for all of us of all backgrounds to focus on who the Indigenous people are, to ask questions, to begin conversations, to have events in local schools and community,” she said.
“It’s all about showcasing Aboriginal and Islander culture and all the positives.”
A large group walked across the Forgan Bridge with signs, flags and banners, including schools, local organisations, members of parliament and police.
“We have a lot of community groups and people from the community in general who, by showing up today, are in support and appreciation of reconciliation and what it means to reconcile with each other, to demonstrate that we are equal in our differences, which is probably the crux of reconciliation,” Ms Timor said.
“People are continually moving forward in their own small ways and every year more people are beginning to become confident to approach and ask questions.”
A Reconciliation Bridge Walk was held in Mackay on Monday to mark National Reconciliation Week. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie