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National Reconciliation Week celebrates the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians, and runs from May 27 until June 3. This year is particularly significant, being the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum to have indigenous people included in the Census.
The Blackwood Reconciliation Group and Blackwood Uniting Church have jointly organised the Blackwood Walk of Reconciliation 2017 as a local event for National Reconciliation Week. It will be a particularly significant event for people in the area, since it is exactly twenty years since 2,500 people came to Colebrook Reconciliation Park as a mark of respect to the Stolen Generation.
Meet at Blackwood Soldiers Memorial for the Blackwood Reconciliation Walk
The Blackwood Reconciliation Walk starts at 11.30am on Sunday May 28 at the Soldiers Memorial (meet at 11.15), next to the Uniting Church and the Blackwood roundabout. It's preceded immediately by a service at the church for those of the faith.
You're invited to join the walk from the Blackwood Soldiers Memorial along Shepherds Hill Road to Colebrook Reconciliation Park at Eden Hills, or to meet at the park with those who walked if you prefer. The park is the site of the former Colebrook Home, where many children of the Stolen Generation were brought until 1972.
Given the passage of time some of the Stolen Generation are no longer with us, but their spirit lives on in the Tjitji Tjuta - the sons and daughters.
Blackwood Walk of Reconciliation Poster from Blackwood Uniting Church
The Reverend Phil Hoffmann, member of Blackwood Reconciliation Group and Minister of the Blackwood Uniting Church, welcomes everyone to join the march or to meet with Tjitji Tjuta children and marchers at Colebrook Reconciliation Park. Enjoy a sausage sizzle and listen to singer Ellie Lovegrove. Speaker Alan Edwards (son of a Colebrook resident) will tell of his experience resulting from the Stolen Generation, while Sean Weetra will talk about the meaning of Reconciliation.
Why not come along and show your support for National Reconciliation Week?