Celebrating Reconciliation Week with Events and Engagement Program

Published on 26 May 2022

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The Town of Victoria Park’s National Reconciliation Week celebrations will commence this Friday (27 May) with a community event at Bidi Walk in East Vic Park.

The event is the first in a program that will continue through National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June) and carry on into NAIDOC Week (3 July - 10 July), celebrating Noongar culture and country, and driving engagement to help create the Town’s next Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Mayor Karen Vernon said: “It’s a time to honour the traditional owners of this land, acknowledge their immeasurable contributions and promote the ways in which all Australians can work towards reconciliation. The Town of Vic Park is excited to further our engagement process and see some real community involvement in reconciliation.”

Friday’s opening event at Bidi Walk laneway (854 Albany Highway, East Vic Park) begins at 5.30pm and will feature a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, live music from Helen Townshend and Shannon Smith, and speeches from Noongar Elders and other community leaders.

The event will also see the installation of newly commissioned artwork by Yamatji and Noongar artist Darryl Bellotti and the launch of the Town’s Reconciliation Wishing Well, which forms part of the six-week community engagement campaign for our next Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), the Innovate RAP.

Progressing to the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan represents the next step along the Town’s shared journey towards Reconciliation, and the Town invites all members of the community to get involved – either through www.yourthoughts.vicpark.wa.gov.au or by placing a wish for Reconciliation in the Wishing Well.

The events program will continue in the coming weeks with activities such as guided Walks on Country, a Nyoongar-language Community Choir, Weaving Workshops and much more.

To find out more, visit vicpark.info/reconciliation or call the Town on 9311 8111. 

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