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Reconciliation takes action in Wagga Wagga

Published: 04 Jun 2021 12:31pm

Wagga Wagga Elders shared their personal experiences and insights at a gathering in the Civic Centre on Monday 31 May to mark National Reconciliation Week.

The morning tea was an opportunity to celebrate and build on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. Wiradjuri Elder Aunty Mary Atkinson, Wiradjuri Elder Aunty Dorothy Whyman and Yorta Yorta Elder Uncle Hewitt Whyman shared their lived experiences with Council staff and community members.

“It’s up to all of us. Our history is your history also. It’s everybody’s history, it’s Australia’s history. We can do this together,” Aunty Mary said.

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021; More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

For more information about National Reconciliation Week, visit Reconciliation Australia at

Image: Marking National Reconciliation Week in Wagga Wagga this week were (from left) Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Cr Greg Conkey OAM, Aunty Mary Atkinson, Uncle James Ingram, Aunty Dorothy Whyman, Aunty Cheryl Penrith, Uncle Hewitt Whyman and Aboriginal Youth & Community Development Officer Rosie Powell.