The Aboriginal flag was raised during the Binjareb Cultural Showcase and Healing Ceremony at Cantwell Park, Pinjarra.
A sea of hands was laid along the western bank of the Murray River in a symbolic display of the community’s reach for reconciliation.
More than 3000 people, including teachers and pupils from local schools, created hands for the display that shire president Maree Reid described as a demonstration of the strength of the community’s commitment to healing and reconciliation.
As part of National Reconciliation Week 2017, the ceremony was part of an annual celebration which builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
According to Cr Reid, the event offered an opportunity for the region to join together, learn about shared histories, cultures, achievements and the role individuals could play in the national reconciliation journey. “It further offers an opportunity to raise awareness of the history of the Binjareb people, who were significantly impacted by early settlement in WA,’’ she said. The event was sponsored by Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinets, WA Police and WA Primary Health Alliance.