At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.
Reconciliation week kicked off on Monday 27 May and saw MDS holding an afternoon tea with staff. We shared food inspired by traditional indigenous ingredients such as lemon myrtle cookies, wattle seed cookies, damper with native jams and cockey’s joy, koorischetta (bruschetta) and Reconciliation themed cupcakes.
After speaking about the significance of the event and sharing historical accounts, Carlie asked staff to write down one thing they can commit to within MDS to contribute to reconciliation. Staff then participated in an activity which involved inserting their message into a bottle and filling with black, yellow and red sand to represent the colours of the Aboriginal flag. It was a fun exercise in creativity, mate ship and understanding.
If you’d like to know more about how your organisation can work towards rebuilding the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, contact our Aboriginal Project & Engagement Officer, Carlie Gilly on 02 4621 8400.