Reconciliation an ongoing process
  • Monday 27 May 2013

Mayor Mark Jamieson today (Saturday) said the process of reconciliation between descendants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Europeans is an ongoing process.

Speaking at the Day of Recognition and Reconciliation event, held at Nungeena Aboriginal Corporation for Women’s Business at Glasshouse Mountains today, he said council’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2011-2016 recognised the ongoing need to bring all the Coast’s communities together as one.

“In 2011, Sunshine Coast Council sought to enshrine local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage into our Corporate Plan, to ensure that the meanings, the ancient meeting places, the places of celebration, the places of regret and the places of great spirit and joy would be recognised in the framework of our overall culture in the region,” he said.

“As a result, council made a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the endorsement of the Reconciliation Action Plan 2011-2016 to create an inclusive community that respects their culture, history and heritage.

“Despite some 225 years of European settlement of Australia, indigenous culture here on the Coast has proved resilient – perhaps that has been enhanced by the majesty of these mountains surrounding and watching over us – and it is on days like this that we can acknowledge, honour and celebrate all that resilience.”

National Sorry Day is acknowledged tomorrow (Sunday May 26), and National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27 to June 3.