Published on 19 May 2022
Community members are being asked to be brave and make change, as part of National Reconciliation Week (NRW) events in the Glenelg Shire.
The Glenelg Shire Council, Partner Organisations and community groups have released their program of 2022 NRW events and activities, offering opportunities for all people to engage with this year’s theme “Be Brave. Make Change”.
The program features a performance from singer/songwriter Kutcha Edwards at the Portland Arts Centre, children’s Storytime session in Heywood, a virtual breakfast, a Reconciliation sporting match and a colouring in competition.
“Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. This year’s program of events across the Shire provides a variety of opportunities for everyone to come together to do just that,” said Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank.
“There is the exciting Circling Time performance from Kutcha Edwards at the Portland Arts Centre on Saturday 21 May, which explores Kutcha’s life through the themes of Country, Birth, Youth, Politics, Love, Culture, Healing and Hope.
“For younger families, the Glenelg Libraries are hosting a children’s Storytime session in Heywood on Friday 27 May with the new Glenelg Libraries outreach van. The van’s artwork has been beautifully designed by local artist and Gundijtmara man Jason Walker.
“Dhauwurrd Wurrung Elderly and Community Services (DWECH) also have a community wide colouring in competition with age categories spanning from 6 and under right the way through to an open category, with prizes for all.
“For those that love their sport, the Heywood Football Netball Club will host a flag raising ceremony and morning tea, followed by the senior’s football game, as part of the Reconciliation Week match against Heathmere Football Netball Club on Saturday 28 May.”
As part of NRW celebrations, the Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership will be launching their new five year agreement, which speaks to the goals and commitments of the partnership to the community.
This event is aimed at the staff and community members of all four of the partner organisations, including Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation, Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Child Health Services and Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation and Glenelg Shire Council.
“This year there is a diverse range of events across the Shire which ensures there are opportunities for all people to be part of NRW,” said Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership Chair and DWECH CEO Tamika Amos.
“I encourage community members of all ages and backgrounds to attend one of the many upcoming events and learn how they can make change for our community.”
For further information on National Reconciliation Week events in the Glenelg Shire, visit the Glenelg Shire Council website and social media sites of host organisations.