Hundreds take part in reconciliation march

Mirrabooka Senior High School students (clockwise from front) Mason Hansen, Simone Cox, Jarman Carpio and Shanae Ricardo.Picture: Marcus Whisson        www.communitypix.com.au   d438666
Mirrabooka Senior High School students (clockwise from front) Mason Hansen, Simone Cox, Jarman Carpio and Shanae Ricardo.Picture: Marcus Whisson        www.communitypix.com.au d438666

MORE than 300 people attended the City of Stirling⿿s Reconciliation March last month, celebrating the rich culture and ongoing achievements of Aboriginal people.

The 2.5km march through Carine Open Space featured a welcome to country from local Aboriginal Elder Oriel Green as well as a dance performance from Balga Senior High students.

Students from Churchlands, Mirrabooka and Balga senior high schools marched in the event after decorating banners with messages of reconciliation.

City of Stirling Deputy Mayor David Lagan said Reconciliation Week was integral in building stronger relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Reconciliation is about teamwork and today is a great example of this,” he said.

“By government and non-government agencies, community groups, schools and organisations coming together we are able to hold events such as today.

“The City of Stirling has a number of areas of particular significance, including the wetlands area of Star Swamp, Herdsman Lake, Lake Gwelup and Trigg, where Aboriginal people once hunted and gathered.”

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between May 27 and June 3.