Creating stronger connections with Aboriginal culture3 Jun 2021
National Reconciliation Week is an important event on our Leisure & Lifestyle team’s calendars across our villages. We see it as an opportunity to strengthen the connection that our residents and staff have with Aboriginal culture and history, and to also learn from the Indigenous community when it comes to caring for our elders.
Held from 27 May to 3 June each year, National Reconciliation Week commemorates two important milestones in the reconciliation journey, including the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The theme for this year was – More than a word. Reconciliation takes action. For our RFBI Lake Haven Masonic Village community, the week was a chance to dress in shirts with beautiful traditional designs created by Aboriginal artists and share Aboriginal culture with residents. We conducted a moving ceremony, which began with the Acknowledgement of Country, proudly raised our new Aboriginal flag while listening to Aboriginal music, and encouraged conversation.
Together, residents reflected on our shared histories and relationships, and how each one of us can play a part in achieving reconciliation.