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Snapshots From the Caring for Country Reconciliation Event

Snapshots from the recent Caring for Country Community Planting Event held as part of the Place of Reconciliation project at Banks Reserve / Warndoolier. You can find this special part of the world on Joel Terrace in East Perth.

The event was hosted by the City of Vincent, with support from the Vincent Reconciliation Group and participation by the Claise Brook Catchment Group.

It was a very chilly morning, but luckily a very heart warming event!

Elders Doolann-Leisha and Walter Eatts preparing to deliver the Welcome to Country, accompanied by Samuel Pilot-Kickett on the didgeridoo

Elders Doolann-Leisha and Walter Eatts preparing to deliver the Welcome to Country, accompanied by Samuel Pilot-Kickett on the didgeridoo

Community members planting out the banks of Walter's Brook

Community members planting out the banks of Walter’s Brook

Community members helping with the final stages of planting

Community members helping with the final stages of planting

Even our youngest community members got involved!

Even our youngest community members got involved!

Enjoying the day

Enjoying the day



Reconciliation Week: Caring for Country Community Planting Event

place of reconciliation

Those of you who have been following this blog for a while might remember that back in May 2012 the people and City of Vincent and Nyungah Elders officially recognised Banks Reserve, a beautiful local riverside park that rests on land known to Whadjuk-Nyungah people as Warndoolier, as a ‘Place of Reconciliation’.

The event was part of a partnership project between the Vincent Reconciliation Group and the City of Vincent. You can read more about the history of the reconciliation project here and here.

Reconciliation Week is rolling around again and this year the City of Vincent is hosting a Community Planting Day to celebrate the completion of one significant element of the ongoing Place of Reconciliation project – the restoration of Walter’s Brook.

Community members are invited to join in planting 800 plants around Walter’s Brook over two planting sessions, followed by a relaxing BBQ.

See here for full event details and to register to attend.

I’ll be there getting my hands dirty! Would love to see you there too.

Reconciliation: the time is now

RWA photo

Last Tuesday evening, in the glorious surrounds of Mooro Katta or Kaarta Gar-up (two of the many Noongar names for Mount Eliza, the highest point of Kings Park) a special event took place.

Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians, representing a wide range of sectors, came together to celebrate the exciting reconciliation achievements and initiatives that are happening in WA at the moment.

One of these initiatives – the launch of Reconciliation WA through generous support from Lotterywest for 3 years – was particularly exciting for me, as a member of the advisory group that provided input to the application for funding.

Here’s some background on Reconciliation WA provided by  WACOSS:

“The Reconciliation space has increased substantially in Western Australia over the past 5 years. WA has approximately 90 organisations with Reconciliation Action Plans amid a list of 400 RAP Organisations nationally, endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. Reconciliation WA began as an idea over two years ago and recently established as a dedicated state based organisation funded for three years by Lotterywest and housed at the West Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS).

Reconciliation WA will function as a Secretariat and make a significant contribution to closing the gap in relation to Aboriginal health, education and employment outcomes in WA. The Secretariat will work together with the WA Community and Organisations to promote and encourage reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Over the three years, its key elements are the development of trust, understanding,respect and opportunities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and the active involvement of government, business and community organisations in reconciliation activities.

We strive to create a West Australian community that has a broad understanding and acknowledgement of a whole range of issues, not just about Aboriginal culture but also around history post colonisation. Our vision is for a state where the special place,culture, rights and contribution of Aboriginal peoples are valued and respected.”

Other initiatives celebrated at the event were the first anniversary and successes of the Yokai Employment Forum and the RECOGNISE campaign and its journey to the South of WA.

Congratulations and a huge thank you to the people who have been driving and championing these important initiatives!

Images L-R:
1. Phillip Walley-Stack and dancers giving a wonderful Welcome to Country and performance.
2. Co-Chairs of the Board of Reconciliation WA – Mary Cowley and Alan Carter – speaking about its launch.
3. Fred Chaney delivering an inspiring speech, with dynamic MC for the evening Gningala Yarran-Mark (from SKM) and RWA Executive Officer James Back looking on. 
4. Kimberley Benjamin, RECOGNISE Youth Ambassador, showing us that the future is in good hands.

Place making for reconciliation

Are you interested in Reconciliation? Do you live or work in the Town of Vincent?

If you answered yes, then you’re invited to be part of the Reconciliation Place project at Banks Reserve in East Perth, next to the Derbaal Yerrigan (Swan River). The project aims to further develop Banks Reserve as a place of reconciliation for the Town of Vincent community, through bringing people of all backgrounds together to create community artwork that will promote reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and enhance the existing features and community uses of Banks Reserve.

The project kicked off with a very special Reconciliation Ceremony held during National Reconciliation Week in May.

The next step is a community workshop to develop a vision of how reconciliation can be celebrated in the park. Full details of the upcoming workshop are here.

Banks Reserve Reconciliation Ceremony 29 May