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“More than a word, Reconciliation takes action,” National Reconciliation Week Theme

28/May/2021

Clarence Kinjun, Gulngay Traditional Owner’s, buoyant spirit brought lots of joy and laughter to the room when he welcomed everyone.  As part of his Welcome to Country in honour of National Reconciliation Week (NRW), Kinjun recognised his own journey towards reconciliation had started back in the 60s. 

“I was born in Tully back in 1960.  I became a state baby and was raised by the Tully farming community.  I reckon reconciliation started for me way back then.  The local farmers recognised that I was a Traditional Owner,” said Kinjun, “I have worked alongside Cassowary Coast Council over the years, National Parks and I have been just about everywhere.”

Thursday morning, May 27, saw the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and MAMU Health Services working in partnership with Reconciliation Queensland to launch National Reconciliation Week.  Local communities across the State connected via a video conference to share a breakfast.  “It is no small task to livestream an event across Queensland simultaneously,” said the Honourable Paul De Jersey, AC, Governor of Queensland, as he officially launched NRW. 

“We are very fortunate in this country to have two ancient cultures, in both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, in this land that we all now share,” said the Hon. Curtis Pitt, Speaker of Queensland Parliament, “Thank you to everyone viewing us on livestream.  Because we have such a vast state it is a terrific way for people to be able to come together.  It is a great thing to have that feeling of shared unity.”

BHP, Reconciliation Australia, and Yarn are the major sponsors for Reconciliation Queensland 2021.

Clarence Kinjun, Gulngay Traditional Owner’s, buoyant spirit brought lots of joy and laughter to the room when he welcomed everyone.  As part of his Welcome to Country in honour of National Reconciliation Week (NRW), Kinjun recognised his own journey towards reconciliation had started back in the 60s. 

“I was born in Tully back in 1960.  I became a state baby and was raised by the Tully farming community.  I reckon reconciliation started for me way back then.  The local farmers recognised that I was a Traditional Owner,” said Kinjun, “I have worked alongside Cassowary Coast Council over the years, National Parks and I have been just about everywhere.”

Thursday morning, May 27, saw the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and MAMU Health Services working in partnership with Reconciliation Queensland to launch National Reconciliation Week.  Local communities across the State connected via a video conference to share a breakfast.  “It is no small task to livestream an event across Queensland simultaneously,” said the Honourable Paul De Jersey, AC, Governor of Queensland, as he officially launched NRW. 

“We are very fortunate in this country to have two ancient cultures, in both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, in this land that we all now share,” said the Hon. Curtis Pitt, Speaker of Queensland Parliament, “Thank you to everyone viewing us on livestream.  Because we have such a vast state it is a terrific way for people to be able to come together.  It is a great thing to have that feeling of shared unity.”

BHP, Reconciliation Australia, and Yarn are the major sponsors for Reconciliation Queensland 2021.

BHP, Reconciliation Australia, and Yarn are the major sponsors for Reconciliation Queensland 2021.

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