Five ways to unite with your community at Reconciliation in the Park

Posted 16 May 2019

Story by CBR Canberra

You are invited to mark the second ever Reconciliation Day public holiday at Reconciliation in the Park, a community event for all held on Monday 27 May.

In 2018 the nation’s capital became the first Australian jurisdiction to dedicate a public holiday to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Deepen your understanding of Indigenous culture, acknowledge our shared history and learn from it as the community move forward together at Reconciliation in the Park. Here are five ways to create a memorable day.

One – Unite through the magic of music

A line-up of local talent will join Melbourne duo The Merindas on stage at Reconciliation Day. Enjoy free performances from Johnny Huckle, Kulture Break, The Chesterfield Band, Wiradjuri Echoes, Woden Valley Youth Choir and teenagers Grace Obst and Jye Hopkins.

Two – Reflect on what reconciliation means to you

What does reconciliation mean to you? Visit the Reflection Forest and write your personal message of reconciliation and reflection. See what others have written and connect your message back to theirs, the land and the trees.

Three – Learn about Indigenous languages

Did you know that 2019 is the year of Indigenous Languages? Here’s a word to start your learning journey – Gula is a Ngunawal term for a koala. Join one of the 30-minute language workshops at Reconciliation in the Park to learn more of the Ngunawal language. If you can’t make a workshop, visit the stall to learn about history, dreamtime stories and see artefacts on display.

The experts behind the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia will also be at Reconciliation in the Park. See how languages, tribes and nation groups are spread across Australia with their fascinating map.

Four – Create the change you want to see

Channel your creativity and design a symbol of unity. Inspire your designs with conversations about Aboriginal cultural heritage, histories and affinity with the local landscape.

There are lots of other activities on offer. Accept the challenge to complete the King Brown Walking Trail that runs through Reconciliation in the Park. Learn about our Indigenous culture from the many activities and conversations along the trail route.

Five – Teach your little ones through play

Thanks to the Australian Red Cross kids will be able to learn through play at Reconciliation in the Park. Try your hand at a mindfulness boomerang colouring activity, a magnetic sand bingo game where children dig for Aboriginal art symbols and an air dry clay station to make native animals.

Canberra’s sporting legends will also be on site. Meet staff and players from the Brumbies, Cricket ACT, Netball ACT, Warriors Basketball Club and Volleyball ACT. Learn what reconciliation means to them and why it is important in the world of sport – they might even teach you a few ball skills while you’re there.

Reconciliation in the Park will be held in Glebe Park on Monday 27 May, 10:30am to 2:30pm. For the full programming schedule and transport information visit the Reconciliation in the Park website.

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