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28 May 2020

In This Together

Happy National Reconciliation Week!

This week (27 May to 3 June) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

City of Onkaparinga is hosting an online program of video events based on this year’s theme of ‘In this Together’.

Mayor Erin Thompson, speaking from Aldinga Library’s Two Stories – Kuma Munaintya Taikurringa installation – which depicts the area’s Kaurna and European heritage – said the videos aim to help build a shared future of understanding and opportunity.

“I encourage you to find a creative way to build meaningful relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Mayor Thompson says.

“You can do this at any time, not just during Reconciliation Week. And if you get stuck, you can always come here for inspiration.

“Thanks for joining me and I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Reconciliation Week.”

Delve into the program of videos, which we’ll share along this page as they come to hand, below.

Yellaka Aboriginal Dance Company

When: Wednesday 27 May

Enjoy a Welcome to Country with Senior Kaurna Woman Aunty Georgina Williams Mullawirra meyunna, Patparta Yerta, accompanied by Yallaka contemporary Aboriginal dance group.

Making Feather Flowers

When: Thursday 28 May

Join Narungga woman Asta Wanganeen, who has been an outspoken activist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for over 20 years, to learn how to make feather flowers from home.

Feather flowers is a cultural activity that has been practised for many years in Aboriginal communities.

Sharing Stories

When: Thursday 28 May

One for the kids! Join Onkaparinga Libraries for a special Reconciliation Week storytime.

Interview and song with Eddie Peters

When: Friday 29 May, 10:30am to 11:30am

Torres Strait Islander musician Eddie Peters will be interviewed by Asta Wanganeen about his culture, music and dance, before performing a song.

Southern Deadly Sounds

When: Saturday 30 May, 10am to 11am

Learn about the Southern Deadly Sounds project, which brings together SA hip hop veterans to mentor local youth, and listen to tracks created during NAIDOC Week 2019.

Aboriginal Art

When: Sunday 31 May, 10am to 11am

Try your hand at some Aboriginal art with Kaurna Ngarrindjeri artist Daphne Rickett as she shares her traditional arts practice.

Basket weaving tutorial

When: Monday 1 June, 10am to 11am

Enjoy a traditional basket weaving tutorial from Buandig elder Janice Rigney, who has been weaving for about 40 years since she learnt to weave with reeves from her grandmother when she was about 10.

Janice has been advocating for Aboriginal people and sharing her culture with the community for many years, and is a part of the Southern Elders Weavers.

She’ll be joined by Asta Wanganeed for the tutorial.

Dreaming with Radicool reptiles

When: Tuesday 2 June , 10am to 11am

This family-friendly video allows you to listen to a dreaming story while watching reptiles in action! Radicool reptiles are focused on respect, understanding, conservation and the natural world.

Mukka (Fire) & Kutha (Water) Yarns

When: Tuesday 2 June, 4pm to 4:30pm

Another Onkaparinga Libraries storytime event for the family! Libraries staff will be joined by Arabana man Elijah Bravington to tell the yarns.

Q&A panel discussion

When: Wednesday 3 June, 10am to 11:30am

A live Q&A with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People will focus on this year’s Reconciliation Week theme, In This Together, the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and the film In My Blood it Runs.

The Q&A will be complemented by live music performances.

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