Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021 is ‘More than a word, Reconciliation takes action’. This theme urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
ETC was very proud to acknowledge and support National Reconciliation Week by hosting several events throughout the communities in which we operate.
“The events were about improving networks among Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations in our communities. Organisations were able to build upon and strengthen networks to allow healing to continue.”, said ETC Indigenous Services Manager Ceharnie Martin.
“This was also a beautiful opportunity to share our culture in the workplace with our ETC family”.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australian’s. We all have a role to play, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples histories, cultures and futures.
2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.
Coomera – ETC partnered with Kalwun to celebrate National Reconciliation Week. Activities included a tour of Kalwun’s newest facility, talks on Reconciliation and reflection of the theme for this year, plus morning tea.
Tweed – ETC partnered with the Tweed/Byron Aboriginal Co-Op to recognise National Reconciliation Week. Activities included a cultural walk on-site at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Museum, yarns on Reconciliation and the theme for this year, plus morning tea.
Ballina – Our Ballina team celebrated with a Welcome to Country performed by a local community Elder, followed by the unveiling of a local Aboriginal Art piece and collaborative painting activity, plus morning tea.
Lismore – Our Lismore team celebrated with a delicious morning tea, Welcome to Country, and talks about Reconciliation.
Casino – Our Casino team celebrated with an acknowledgement to Country, talks on Reconciliation and reflection on this years theme, plus an afternoon tea.
Grafton – Our Grafton team celebrated with a Welcome to Country, morning tea and a yarn with some friends from Galambila. IST Manager Ceharnie Martin also provided a show and tell including some sentimental objects from her family.
Coffs Harbour – Our Coffs Harbour team kicked off with a Welcome to Country, followed by a smoking ceremony and yarn about the significance of Reconciliation, plus morning tea.
Toormina – Our Toormina team celebrated with a morning tea and activities including a Welcome to Country, talks on Reconciliation and reflection of theme for the year.
Nambucca Heads – Our Nambucca team celebrated with a Cleansing & Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country by Aunty Jen, storytelling by Elders, and an afternoon tea.
Kempsey – Our Kempsey team celebrated with a Welcome to Country by Uncle Bob Smith, and a BBQ Lunch at Kempsey’s Riverside Park, followed by Minaku Creative Weaving Workshop at the ETC Office.
Port Macquarie – The Port Macquarie team celebrated at the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council. This involved a Welcome to Country by Uncle Bill O’Brien, a beautiful didgeridoo playing by Steve Donovan and a BBQ Lunch!
Wauchope – Our Wauchope team celebrated with a lovely morning tea and unveiled Chris Donovan’s painting that will be on display in the reception.
ETC is committed to promoting reconciliation throughout our services and the ways we engage with the community.
We are passionate about embracing the three key RAP values of Respect, Opportunities and Relationships for everyone who engages with ETC regardless of their race, religion or socio-economic background.
Through our RAP, we wish to contribute to creating a fairer and more equitable society in our regions of operation and support the resolution of Reconciliation Australia and the Australian Government to contribute to “Closing the Gap” – particularly in our core business areas of employment, training, and business growth. You can read ETC’s Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan.
Port Macquarie News Article – Strengthening connections during Reconciliation Week
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