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.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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