Sea of Hands for National Reconciliation Week
City of Mitcham residents are being encouraged to help create a ‘sea of hands’ to mark National Reconciliation Week.
In its 20th year, the Week aims to promote understanding and reconciliation between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
City of Mitcham Mayor Dr Heather Holmes-Ross said to show support for the Kaurna people, residents are asked to create painted hands to display in windows, front gardens or the Colebrook Reconciliation Park at Eden Hills.
Dr Holmes-Ross said she was proud of the City of Mitcham’s reconciliation journey this year that started with a unanimous vote from the Chamber to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan.
“This is a process that starts with reflecting and considering where we are in terms of reconciliation and what the next steps could be to try and truly embed Aboriginal culture into not only the City, but the community at large,” she said. “This is particularly important for us here at the City of Mitcham, because the Colebrook Reconciliation Park is the location of the Colebrook Home For Children, where children of the Stolen Generation were brought after they were forcibly removed from their parents.”
Dr Holmes Ross joined Blackwood Reconciliation Group Chair Allen Edwards to raise the Aboriginal and Australian national flags simultaneously at the Council’s Civic Centre as a symbol of mutual respect to mark National Sorry Day yesterday (May 26).
Mr Edwards said reconciliation was “not just a one-way street”.
“We need to be in it together to achieve our goal of reconciliation,” he said. “We at the Blackwood Reconciliation Group are lucky to have a close relationship with the City of Mitcham Mayor, Councillors and staff who are not afraid to stand with us and work with us in reconciliation – I thank you all for that and continue to look forward to working with you all.”
Dr Holmes-Ross said this year’s theme ‘In this together’ was an accurate tagline given what everyone had been through together in the COVID-19 crisis.
“Please join us to observe Reconciliation Week; make some hands and perhaps take some time during the week and go for a wander around Colebrook and reflect on how it is that we really are all in this together.”