National Reconciliation Week
Two fun and free events in Noarlunga Centre’s Ramsay Place this month — part of National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) — offer residents the chance to learn about our shared histories and cultures.
On Monday 27 May, Country Arts SA’s Black Screen — a free celebration of Indigenous film and culture — will be held at the Hopgood Theatre, showcasing a mix of family-friendly, educational, dramatic and comedic short films from emerging and established Indigenous filmmakers.
Two sessions are being held, one at 11am for school groups (call 7009 4400 to book) and another at 7pm (book by phone or online), with the full program — which includes a film made by Seaford Rise Primary School students — available at the Black Screen website.
Then, on Wednesday 29 May from 10.30am to 2.30pm, a free community event including a barbecue lunch and family-friendly activities will be held in Ramsay Place —thanks to a partnership between Joining Hands and Minds and the City of Onkaparinga.
Visitors can enjoy rock painting, native animal making, smoothie bikes and a host of other stallholders, performers and information stalls.
City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson says National Reconciliation Week is a time for the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to strengthen relationships.
“National Reconciliation Week is a great chance to learn about each other’s histories, cultures and achievements, and to help with the movement to achieve reconciliation in Australia,” says Mayor Thompson.
“It’s also simply an opportunity to attend some really fun events with friends and family, and Ramsay Place is the place to be for National Reconciliation Week.”
The theme of this year’s National Reconciliation Week is “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage”.
“To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth,” reads the website of organiser, Reconciliation Australia.
“Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.”
To learn more about the Kaurna peoples — the traditional owners of the council area and the place called Ngangkiparringa, the women’s river where the City of Onkaparinga derives its name from — visit council’s website.
A frame from Dylan Coleman's film, 'Walk With Us', showing as part of Black Screen at the Hopgood Theatre.