Njernda Aboriginal Corporations pastor Joe Day spoke about the meaning of reconciliation at a Reconciliation Week flag raising ceremony in Echuca.RENEE THOMPSON June 2, 2014 3:34am
‘Walk the talk’ was the theme of Friday’s Reconciliation Week flag raising ceremony at Echuca’s Civic Square.
Aunty Melva Johnson made the official welcome to country and addressed the crowd about Reconciliation Week’s achievements.
‘‘It was a long, hard battle all those years ago, but it’s great to see everyone here today and I hope we can keep going on like this, respecting one another’s views,’’ she said.
Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison said the ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate the strength of the reconciliation process and the work of people such as Aunty Melva.
‘‘The theme is let’s ‘walk the talk’. That’s a very significant theme when we think about it,’’ he said.
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation’s Pastor Joe Day then gave a heartfelt speech on the meaning of reconciliation and the day’s symbolism.
‘‘I’d like to think as we raise the flag today, we raise the standard in ourselves,’’ he said.
‘‘The way we see each other, not just with indigenous people but with each other.
‘‘Reconciliation is about quality of life, where everyone is given the opportunity to reach full potential.’’
Ps Day said it was about looking forward just as much as it was reconciling with the past.
‘‘What we’re doing today is symbolic, but I’d also like to do something prophetic
‘‘This community, we’re going to say we’re going to raise the standard not only in our own lives but in our community for all people today.’’
After spending two games in the WAFL Michael Barlow has been recalled to play for Fremantle against St Kilda this weekend.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
The Moama-Echuca Border Raiders took a big stride into the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League for 2016 with a solid, four-grade performance at Eaglehawk’s Truscott Reserve on Sunday.
THE town’s schools celebrated Education Week last week.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
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HEATHCOTE Pre-school staff members were overwhelmed by the response to their annual Garden Express Spring Bulb fundraiser.
Youth services in Cobram have received a helping hand thanks to a new appointment made possible through a community store.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
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