- Wednesday 18 November 2015
Council proudly supports Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group’s seminar entitled Our Shared History from 9am to 2pm tomorrow - Thursday, November 19 - at the Mary Grigor Centre.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast 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 respected their culture, history and heritage.
“The Plan recognised the ongoing need to bring all the Coast’s communities together as one and to preserve local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage,” Cr McKay said.
“In addition, the recently endorsed Sunshine Coast Social Strategy further acknowledged the importance of preserving our region’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
“One of the initiatives of the Social Strategy was to supplement council’s existing commitments and strengthen reconciliation practices and ensure ongoing support of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people.”
Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said the Our Shared History seminar chaired by Uncle Bill Buchanan, co-chair of Reconciliation Queensland, would provide new insights into the frontier conflicts between settlers and Aboriginal people.
“The learnings from this seminar are significant and will include presentations by local Jinibara People and Kabi Kabi First Nation Traditional Owners, historians and senior lecturers,” he said.
“The topics are varied and extremely enlightening. Experts will share their learnings on researching Aboriginal camp sites and bora rings, frontier conflicts and Aboriginal resistance and reflecting on our shared history and conflicts.
“There will also be an opportunity for panel discussions with Traditional Owners, presenters and the audience. The seminar will be held at the Mary Grigor Centre, located in the Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct in the Glass House Mountains.”