AN OVERLYING message of ‘Actions now speaks louder than words’ echoed truly in Friday’s Reconciliation Week event at the Civic Hall.
The crowd witnessed traditional dancing, insightful speeches from secondary students, and the moving words from guest speaker Deborah Cheetham.
The Civic Hall was filled with almost 200 people, who were welcomed by Auntie Jan and the Winda-Mara dance group, who received a thunderous applause for a series of dances representing a welcome to their country.
Glenelg Shire Mayor John Northcott officially welcomed everyone to the event, highlighting the groundbreaking historic agreement in 2011 between Aboriginal residents and the Glenelg Shire, which is nominated for an award, and the drafting of a new Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership Plan for 2014-2016.
Moving speeches from indigenous students Leyla Quartermaine, from Heywood and District Secondary, Becky Kanoa from Bayview College, and Maluda Peart from Portland Secondary College, spoke of the meaning of reconciliation, life in an era of Aboriginal rights since 1993, and what can be done to improve indigenous conditions.
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