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National Reconciliation Week
This Tuesday 27 May through to 3 June marks the start of National Reconciliation Week, and CFA members are encouraged to find out what is happening in their communities and get involved.
National Reconciliation Week is a week for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, cultures and achievements and learn about what each of us can do to support the national reconciliation effort. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
CFA is proud to recognise its indigenous members and all its members who have worked in their communities to promote cultural awareness and exchange of ideas with aboriginal communities.
There are a lot of stories out there, and while many remain unpublicised outside of a brigade or community, the stories below are well worth a read.
Barmah Brigade (D22) arranging a get-together with Lake Tyers Brigade to talk youth, community relations, recruitment and issues such as better awareness of culturally significant sites on Aboriginal country. (See also 'A fiery road trip')
Throughout National Reconciliation Week, there are activities and celebrations and happening in areas including Bendigo, Castelmaine, Lockwood, Hastings, Whittlesea, Sth Morang, Melton, Panton Hill, Werribee, Mooroolbark and Melbourne. These range from the exhibitions to BBQs, kids’ activities, morning teas and ceremonies, also a night market (Melton). For a full list check out the NRW website.
CFA is also in the process of commissioning some aboriginal art work to reflect CFA’s values, as well as important concepts to aboriginal Australians such as caring for country and land management. This initiative has come about as part of the work on our Koori Inclusion Action Plan. Stay tuned for more information on the artwork commission in coming weeks.