Community connects for Reconciliation Week

Preschool children at the viewing platform
04th Jun 2024

On Wednesday May 29th, educators from Guyra Preschool and Long Day Care centre hosted a special morning tea as part of
National Reconciliation Week (NRW).
NRW is marked each year; from May 27th to June 3rd. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
The theme for 2024, ‘Now More Than Ever’, is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will - and must -continue.
To celebrate this important week, the Preschool collaborated with members of the local community hosting an event at the Federation viewing platform.
It is a place that holds importance to the local Indigenous community, and together they engaged in stories, song, conversations, and shared cake.
Acting Preschool Supervisor Rebecca Wilson said that the
Preschool is very grateful for the support and involvement of
Aboriginal elder Mrs Nellie Blair, and Guyra Central School’s
Aboriginal Education Officer
Tremane Patterson.
“This event allowed us to
connect with our wider community, engage in learning about Aboriginal Culture and further strengthen our relationship with our cultural community,”
Rebecca said.
“As we build this connection, the children are able to become culturally aware, and engage in respectful relationships.
“Thank you to our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander community for spending time with us and sharing your culture.
“The time and knowledge they generously share with the children and our team is appreciated.”
Mrs Nellie Blair read the story of ‘How The Birds Got Their Colours’ and danced with the children pretending to be the crow in the story.
“Reconciliation acknowledges the traditional owners of the land which we celebrate today,” Mrs Blair said in her address to those gathered.
“We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
“To all our elders past and present we acknowledge everyone, Aboriginal and non Aboriginal in our community.
“I would like to acknowledge the carers from the Guyra Long Day Care and Preschool for their involvement in Reconciliation Week and other events throughout the year.
“Thanks to them, the children will be culturally aware of education in the future – well done!”

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