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Hurstville City Council to mark 2009 National Reconciliation Week

Posted 18 May 2009 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor Badalati said the theme for the 13th National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) is ‘See the person, not the stereotype’.

“Following last year’s powerful apology to the Stolen Generations by the Australian Parliament, there is still much work to be done to further reconciliation,” he said.

“This theme highlights the need to challenge perceptions and debunk stereotypes of what it means to be Aboriginal, if we are to become a truly inclusive society.”

Mayor Badalati said Council’s Reconciliation Week event will include a didgeridoo and Aboriginal dance performance, and a talk from a special guest speaker on moving forward after the National Apology.

“Council’s celebration will also feature a special screening of the Prime Minister’s Apology to Indigenous Australians and a short film about this historical event,” he said.

“I encourage you to join us in recognising the rich culture and history of Australia’s Indigenous people during National Reconciliation Week 2009.”


Event: National Reconciliation Week celebration
Location: Hurstville Civic Centre Foyer (Level 1), MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Date: Thursday, 28 May 2009
Time: 10.00am
RSVP: 9330 6069 by Friday 22 May
Light refreshments provided.


Media contact:
Tanya Abraham
Manager Public Relations and Events
9330 6008 or 0411 748 953