National Reconciliation Week 2017 (May 27- 3 June)
Sorry Day 2017 - 26 May
On 26 May, Wellington Square in East Perth is the location of WA’s largest annual Sorry Day event marking the date the Bringing Them Home Report (the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families) was tabled in Federal Parliament in 1997.
Sorry Day 2017 was a resounding success with approximately 2,000 school students and 1000 members of the general public attending. The event explored the experiences and impact of ‘Stolen Generations’ government policies on our First West Australian people. The day also features cultural activities, school performers, community organisation stalls and healing oppotunities.
This year's entertainment highlight was famous Indigenous singer songwriter Archie Roach.
We would like to thanks our partners The Bringing Them Home Committee and the planning Committee including Caritas, Catholic Education, ICEA Foundation, AIME, Follow The Dream and Future Footprints.
The event would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of Lotterywest, City of Perth, Anglicare, Caritas, Department of Housing, Mercycare, St Vincent De Paul, Uniting Care West and Red Cross
Reconciliation/ Recognise Breakfast - 2 June
Reconciliation WA in conjunction with Recognise, held the Reconciliation/ Recognise Breakfast at Frasers Restaurant Kings Park. The event generated significant community support with 250 figures in the corporate, community and government sectors attending. Deputy Premier Roger Cook and joint Director of the Recognise Campaign Mark Yettica-Paulson were key note speakers, whilst also forming a panel discussion with prominent Indigenous Professor Colleen Hayward and Co-Chairman of Reconciliation WA Carol Innes.
The breakfast was a great platform for attendees to learn about recent developments in the push for Constitutional Recognition for our First People and to portray the National Reconciliation Week message of ‘Lets Take the Next Steps Together.’ As an outcome from the breakfast we hope that the attendees will continue to drive these messages in their respective spheres of influence.
Youth & Emerging Leaders Forum - 2 June
Reconciliation WA in partnership with Landcorp hosted the Youth & Emerging Leaders Forum. The forum explored key discussions which helped to elicit points of contact, success, barriers and challenges for a Reconciled Australia with the view of holding another forum in the near future.
The Youth and Emerging Leaders Forum forms part of the Leadership Beyond Reconciliation Project which is designed to bring senior members of Aboriginal organisations and businesses, and young and emerging leaders together with heads of corporate, government and community organisations to share their vision for the future, and develop initiatives to help move the community towards a journey of Reconciliation.
We would like to thank Landcorp, Woodside and Lotterywest for their assistance in the Leadership Beyond Reconciliation Project.
Let's Take the Next Steps Together: Terrace Walk For Reconciliation - 2 June
The Terrace Walk for Reconciliation was a fantastic conclusion to a day of meaningful events. Approximately 800 people attended the walk from Stirling Gardens to Government House in the Perth CBD during their lunch break in a cohesive display towards Reconciliation in Western Australia.
Dr Richard Walley OAM from Aboriginal Productions lead an amazing display of significant cultural performances, whilst Mark Yettica-Paulson once again delivered a powerful message about a potential Referendum for Constitutional Recognition for our First Peoples.
We would like to thank Rio Tinto, BHP and Woodside who helped to make the event possible.
Run for Reconciliation
On Sunday 27th August, Reconciliation WA ran the annual Run for Reconciliation as part of the Perth City to Surf. The objective of the Run for Reconciliation is to bring cultural awareness and recognition to the event and to help raise the profile of the reconciliation movement in Western Australia.
The team was a great success with over 200 runners/ walkers participating across all race distances from the marathon through to the 4km event. Other highlights included the addition of four Welcome to Country’s at the beginning of the marathon, half marathon, 12km and 4km races. Previously there has only been a singular Welcome to Country at the start of the marathon event.
Additionally, the Newmont Mining marquee at the finish line offered a fantastic environment for all, with a great performance from the Whadjuk Yorgas dance group rounding off a great morning.
Many thanks to our all important sponsors Newmont Mining, Curtin University, Shell, Department of Communities and KC Sports for all your support and assistance in making the event possible.