National Reconciliation Week 2019

30 May 2019

Grounded in Truth - Walk Together with Courage

The Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group Incorporated (SCRGI) hosted an event on Wednesday 29 May, to coincide with National Reconciliation Week. The event brought together the annual Reconciliation Walk and the official opening of the Reconciliation Garden at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) in Birtinya.

This year the walk was officially renamed the Aunty Betty Memorial Reconciliation Walk, in honour of Historical Elder Aunty Betty McMahon who passed away in December 2018. Aunty Betty played a prominent role in the Indigenous community and the garden was one of just many projects she had been working on until she passed.

Aunty Betty’s family and close friends were among the many people who attended the event which also included Senator Claire Moore Co-Patroness of the SCRGI and SCUH Chief Executive Adj. Professor Naomi Dwyer. Senator Moore and SCRGI Treasurer Margaret Ross were key speakers and shared stories about their work with Aunty Betty.

Jason Bigalla, Local Service Manager from Uniting Care Community hosted the event and introduced Welcome to Country by Brent Miller. Lyndon Davis then provided entertainment with brothers Mark and David Peters from the Gifted Murri Unit (GMU) dance troupe. The spotlight was next shone on some of the students from local schools, who were taught some traditional dances to perform.

Sponsors from Suncare, Uniting Care Community, the North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health, Life Without Barriers, Sunshine Coast and Noosa Councils set up their stalls along the walkway towards the reconciliation garden.

The event concluded with the annual walk, this year around the SCUH grounds whilst listening to local stories of the area from some of the Traditional Custodians.

National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May - 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.

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