Hundreds gather at Elizabeth Quay for National Reconciliation Week ceremony

Noongar dancers at Elizabeth Quay for National Reconciliation Week.
Noongar dancers at Elizabeth Quay for National Reconciliation Week.

HUNDREDS gathered at Elizabeth Quay to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories as part of National Reconciliation Week.

Noongar dancers entertained the crowd ahead of the smoking ceremony which started the Reconciliation Walk.

The crowd wandered around Elizabeth Quay, guided by Whadjuk people, to experience several culturally themed activations.

Six activations represented the Indigenous seasons Djoba, Djeran, Birak, Makuru, Kambarang and Bunuru.

The day started with a Reconciliation WA hosted breakfast at Fraser’s in which members of the Indigenous community shared stories of injustices in the past, in line with this year’s National Reconciliation Week theme ‘don’t keep history a mystery’.

Reconciliation WA chief executive James Back said there was still a long way to go to celebrate the world’s oldest living culture.

“I am proud that our members and partners, and the people of WA remain committed to advancing our relations with First Peoples,” he said.

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