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Celebrating Reconciliation Week in Ballarat

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Reconciliation Action Week: raising the Koorie flag were co-chairs of the Koorie Engagement Action Group, Sissy Austin and Cr Belinda Coates.

THE City of Ballarat together with the Koorie Engagement Action Group will celebrate Reconciliation Action Week, with the raising of an aboriginal flag at Queen Victoria Square on Monday.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia between 27 May and 3 June.

The dates commemorate two significant

milestones in the reconciliation journey the

anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum

and the High Court Mabo decision.

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

Co-Chair Koorie

Engagement Action Group and Councillor Belinda Coates said reconciliation week was a great opportunity to acknowledge the past culture and acknowledge what has happened in the past but also look at what needs to be done for the future.

“We are really proud of our Reconciliation Action Plan, we have some really positive actions in there and one of them is about raising cultural awareness so it’s kind of a dual purpose, in a way, having events like this flag raising, which is a cultural awareness activity,” she said.

The other is training. Ballarat has a Koorie population around 2 per cent, which for a regional city is large.

“We have some really positive things happening, especially in the youth space in education and the Koorie Youth Hub and programs like that,” Cr Coates said.

“When we have events like Reconciliation Week it’s an opportunity for people to learn a bit more about what’s happening in the community.

“The next big event is NAIDOC week, in July, and there will be lots of activities taking place.”