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.’’
The fire in the Creightons Creek region, south of Euroa, is continuing to burn today and the CFA is warning residents to be cautious of falling trees.
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