Be a voice for reconciliation in our everyday lives

Wednesday 10 May

Inner West Council will reflect this year’s Reconciliation Week theme ‘Be a Voice for Generations’ through a range of talks, workshops and events to foster cultural learning and community connection.

Reconciliation Week begins on Saturday 27 May and all Australians are being encouraged to be a voice for reconciliation in everyday life.

The theme will resonate strongly through a workshop called Basic Protocols for Becoming an Ally to Aboriginal People.

Dunghutti woman and advocate for anti-violence and anti-racism, Ashlee Donohue, will run the workshop, bringing real life knowledge and examples around basic protocols for when working or engaging with Aboriginal people.

Donohue, who has a Masters of Education from the University of Technology, will host the workshop - which has already booked out - on Monday 29 May at Marrickville Library pavilion.

D’harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper Shannon Foster has been teaching her family’s stories to a range of audiences for more than 20 years.

The educator and artist will provide a deep and intimate Walk and Talk workshop in Annandale at Whites Creek Valley Park on Saturday 27 May.

Foster is currently undertaking her PhD in the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges at the University of Technology, researching and documenting her family’s Narinya stories (Living Dreaming).

Reconciliation Week urges all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work, and socialise.

Our young residents can join a workshop called Sharing Culture at Marrickville Library on Saturday 27 May.

Proud Gomeroi woman Gwenda Stanley will use dance, story, artefacts and language to share with children and their families her unique and rich Aboriginal culture.

Gwenda has delighted children of all ages for many years with her natural, engaging and gentle manner and will be presenting a one-hour workshop for the kids.

A special opportunity for connection, learning and creation can be found at the Community Weaving Workshops Murray loo lo Tamira (great many hands).

Join Aunty Jo and Paula do Parado for three workshops as they share their knowledge of the cultural and artistic practices of weaving.

Aunty Jo Cadi Nura, from the Eora Nation, is a cultural practitioner, holder of sky lore and master grass weaver.

Aunty Jo shares what she was taught from her mother, Elders and community knowledge holders, using the cultural practice of weaving to share understandings of sophisticated Aboriginal knowledge, intricate systems, a complex tapestry that interweave with cultural and social practice.

The workshops will be held over three Tuesday sessions on 30 May, 6 June, and 13 June at Marrickville Library Pavilion.

The library will also host a special Author Talk on Thursday 1 June.

Another Day in the Colony will see prolific writer and intellectual Chelsea Watego in conversation with Ghanaian, Aboriginal, South Sea and Torres Strait Islander Kaiya Aboagye.

Watego is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman born and raised on Yuggera country, and her ground-breaking work Another Day in the Colony was longlisted for the Stella Prize in 2022.

She will be in conversation with Aboayge, who is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Her research unpacks some of the substantial and significant connections shared between First Nations and African Diasporic peoples in Australia and throughout the Black Pacific.

From the library to the golf fairway. The popular Reconciliation Golf Tournament will be hosted by Marrickville Golf, Sporting and Community Club on Friday 2 June and supported by Inner West Council.

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