Reconciliation

Gympie Regional Council is proud to present a spectacular evening at the Gympie Civic Centre for National Reconciliation Week 2019.

Unique, infectious, high-energy and always exuberant, Djuki Mala present a stunning fusion of traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling with a hefty dose of heart and soul.

Winners of the Dance award at both the Adelaide and Perth Fringe including the WA Arts Editor Award, Djuki Mala are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a pep in your step as their enthusiasm, joy and explosive-energy wow audiences with a celebration of dance, storytelling and culture.

The event is set to be an incredible night out for the whole family with the Goombucker Creations food truck available providing scrumptious Indigenous food from 6:00pm and a Smoking Ceremony at 7pm.Performances from local groups, Dee’rum-wan’dam Yau’ar (Sunrise) Dance Troupe  and Alinta Lowanna Dance Group will opening the main show at 7:30pm.

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Friday 31 May, event starts 6:00pm

performances from 7:30pm

Gympie Civic Centre

32 Mellor Street, Gympie QLD 4570

For tickets  CLICK HERE

 

What is reconciliation?

“At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians”.  Reconciliation Australia

Gympie Regional Council is working with traditional owners and the community to improve its relationship with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.  Part of this work includes the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which will detail how Council will contribute towards reconciliation in Australia.  RAPs build the foundations for improving relationships, respect and opportunities through raising cultural awareness within organisations and the broader community. Reconciliation Australia is the not-for-profit community organisation responsible for managing the RAP program across Australia.  Council is currently drafting its first RAP, the twelve-month ‘Reflect’ plan.

 

Traditional Owners

There are three Traditional Owner Groups within the Gympie Regional Council local government area (LGA):

  • Kabi Kabi (the majority of country in the Gympie LGA)
  • Wakka Wakka (in the west of the Gympie LGA)
  • Butchulla (in the north east of the Gympie LGA)

 

National Reconciliation Action Week 2019 

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.  The dates for NRW remain the same each year: 27 May to 3 June.

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. National Sorry Day is also commemorated on 26 May each year to remember and recognise the Stolen Generations, the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. 

For more information on the Stolen Generations and the Bringing Them Home report, visit Bringing Them Home | Australian Human Rights Commission

 

NRW 2019 Events in the Gympie Region

Council is proud to host the Djuki Mala performance evening at the Gympie Civic Centre on 31 May 2019 (see information above). The public are also very welcome to attend the community events listed below: 

 

Event:  Community Morning Tea

Hosts: Gympie Community Place and Cooloola Aboriginal Service Inc

Date: Monday 27 May 2019

Time: 10am

Location: Gympie Community Place, 18 Excelsior Road, Gympie

RSVP: 5482 1147 or email reception@gcp.org.au

 

Please download and share the flyer 

 

Event: Morning Tea and Sharing Stories of Reconciliation

Host: PHN, Central Qld, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast

Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am

Location: PHN Gympie Office, Shop 2/107 Mary Street, Gympie

RSVP: 5482 6770 or email TArchdall@ourphn.org.au

 

Please Download and share the flyer

 

Other NRW events? Let us know if you are hosting an event, so we can share to the wider community.

 

Related Links

Home | Reconciliation Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice | Australian Human Rights Commission

 

More information

For information about Council’s work in relation to Reconciliation please contact the Community Partnerships Team on phone 1300 307 800 or email community@gympie.qld.gov.au