As a sign of respect, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents and visitors the Federation Council will fly the Australian National, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags opposite Bangerang Park during 2022 National Reconciliation Week.
Federation Council Mayor, Cr Pat Bourke said this action represents Council’s commitment to reconciliation and fits well with this year’s National Reconciliation Week theme of ‘Be Brave. Make Change’.
“Council has an important role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.”
Mayor Bourke said Council has recently established a RAP Working Group made up of Aboriginal and community stakeholders, along with Council officials who will develop a Reconciliation Action Plan for the Federation Council.
“We see this action as another important step moving forward to support the reconciliation work Council is currently developing,” he said.
Every year, National Reconciliation Week is celebrated from May 27 to June 3. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags are powerful symbols of unity and strength for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Flying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags is one of the most widespread and fundamental ways councils can recognise and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.