26 September 2023

National Arboretum to grow Reconciliation Day

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Preparations: Arboretum readies for Reconciliation Day, Monday 29 May.

A free family-friendly event at the National Arboretum Canberra on Reconciliation Day next Monday (29 May) has been planned by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to mark the day with culture, food, music and entertainment.

The first step in the ACT’s Reconciliation Week which takes place across Australia from 27 May for the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum to 3 June, Mabo Day each year, Reconciliation Day has been described as an opportunity to reflect on our shared history, the ongoing impacts of colonisation and the work we need to do to heal and close the gap.

According to the contributors of the Week, the first day, Monday, will be held from 10am to 3pm with this year’s highlights including:

* Smoking Ceremony (10am) at the Terrace Lawns:

* Portrait exhibition (10am-3pm) at the Terrace Lawns:

* Bush tucker demonstrations (10am-12pm) at STEP Forest, Bush Tucker Garden:

* Drop-in cultural activities (10.30am-3pm) Terrace Room:

* Get sporty with the Canberra Raiders, ACT Brumbies and AFL ACT (10.30am-3pm) Terrace lawns:

* Project Dust dance performance (1.25pm-1.55pm) Mununja the Butterfly Garden:

* Wiradjuri Echoes (2pm-2:45pm) 2.15pm-Mununja the Butterfly Garden: and

* Microwave Jenny (2.15pm-3pm) Main Stage

The full Reconciliation Day event and entertainment program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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